All About Scott Burnett
Working to create vibrant, quality communities in which citizens live, work and play, Scott Burnett has proudly served Jackson County, Missouri since 1998. As the elected legislator for the county's first district, Scott constantly attends neighborhood and civic meetings raising awareness about Jackson County and connecting people with government resources they can't find on their own or may not know exist.
Burnett says, "Through the years, I've learned that government functions best when citizens are fully engaged. My vision is that citizens understand the government of Jackson County, take advantage of the numerous city, county and state services available and weigh in the important decisions facing our communities."
From examining effective alternatives to juvenile detention, to helping authorities crack down on drug houses, to finding efficient approaches to meeting the needs of the county's aging population, Scott has consistently worked to improve the quality of life in Jackson County. Scott has served as chairman of the Anti-Drug Committee and the Finance and Audit Committee. Currently Scott is the Jackson County Legislature's appointed member to the Mid-American Regional Council (MARC) and the Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative Executive Steering Committee. Because of Scott's leadership, Jackson County is now conducting the first performance audit of the county's Combat prevention and treatment programs.
In addition to his elected office, Scott is Vice President and Senior Partner of SGB Communications. In this position, Scott provides governmental relations and campaign management services to a wide variety of clients, including grassroots advocacy projects for national associations. Prior to joining SGB, Burnett provided governmental relations services for 10 years as the Senior Vice President for Governmental Affairs for the environmental arm of Union Pacific. He joined Union Pacific after forming and selling an environmental company, which grew to $10 million in sales.
Scott's commitment to public service has spanned over three decades. In the 1970's, Scott served as Special Assistant to President Jimmy Carter at the White House. He has served on the staffs of several members of Congress, and has managed statewide political campaigns. Burnett has served on public and private boards, including the Kansas City Port Authority and Tax Increment Financing Commission.
Currently Scott is President of the Pilgrim Center and the Westport Crime Prevention Commission. He serves on N2N, a non-profit board providing health care to citizens in the Northeast section of Kansas City and on the Kansas City Museum Advisory Board. He is also a member of the KCUR radio advisory committee. Scott regularly attends meetings of the Truman Road Corridor Association, Northeast Chamber of Commerce, Maincor, Broadway-Westport Council, Southtown Council, Brookside Merchants Association and the Kansas City Neighborhood Alliance neighborhood council.