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Independence Mayor - Donna Yeager



Donna Yeager was first elected to City Council in 1999.  She served six terms as a City Council member before being appointed mayor. Donna has been a resident of Independence since 1972.

Donna and her late husband, Samuel, had five children.  Samuel died in 1989 and two of their daughters died since then; Stacey in 2007, and Susan in 2008.  Sandra, Stephanie and Sam all live in Northern Kentucky.  Donna has 12 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.  They are a very close family and enjoy many family gatherings.

Donna graduated from Dixie Heights High School and received an Associate Degree from Thomas More College.  She retired from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers after serving as a civilian in Human Resources for 30 years. 

Locally, she has been active for many years, beginning in 1972 with the Independence Volunteer Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary.  She was appointed by the Kenton County Fiscal Court to the Independence Fire District Board of Directors (1992 - 2001) and also to the Council on Aging Board of Directors (2002-2003).  She was named Chairman of the City's Recreation Committee (1995-2001). Donna is currently serving on the Independence Zoning Update Committee (2010 - present)

As Chairman, the Recreation Committee, we had a lot of accomplishments to be proud of.  We re-developed Sterling Staggs Park, developed Independence Park, and also started the development of Memorial Park.  In addition, the Committee developed initial plans for the Independence Senior and Community Center; started the first Christmas Walk;  and, started the first Independence Day celebration.  In addition, her dream of having an Amphitheater came true.  She was able to get funding from private donors and state funds for the amphitheater. 

All of our accomplishments were possible with the approval of our Mayor and the City Council.

Future goals as a Council member are to ensure comprehensive planning for the future development of Independence, to develop resources to provide efficient city services, to provide the facilities and activities for a high quality of life to its residents and to work with County and State  government officials to communicate Independence's needs and issues.  Also, she wants to ensure the City receives at least its fair share of County, State and Federal resources.