Alderman William "Bill" Van Buskirk

Representing Ward 4

Bill Van Buskirk was first elected to the Board of Aldermen in 2009 and in

April 2021 he was reelected to his fourth four-year term. Public service is

in his blood – his father served on the city council of the small town where

he grew up. His dad, along with hearing President Eisenhower speak, instilled

in him a deep interest in politics. Van Buskirk is passionate about making

Raytown a better place to live and do business.

Fun Fact: Bill and his wife Mary Jane are both Aldermen serving Ward 4.

Van Buskirk is active in the community. He is a member of the Raytown Area Chamber

of Commerce and currently serves on the following boards/committees:

  • President of the Board of Directors for the Salt Springs Cemetery Association
  • Raytown Municipal Redevelopment Corporation
  • Liaison to the Police Pension Board

Previously, Van Buskirk was Mayor Pro Tem in 2013. Other committees he

formerly served on include:

  • Chair of the Legislative Committee
  • Chair of the Municipal Committee
  • Special Sales Tax Citizen Review Committee
  • Police Pension Review Committee
  • Raytown Historical Society
  • Fraternal Order of Police
  • Friends of Rice-Tremonti
  • Raytown Main Street Association

Van Buskirk was a graphic artist for one of the largest companies in the metro. He retired after 40 years.

He’s also held occupations as a private investigator and Raytown Police Officer.

Van Buskirk and his wife Mary Jane have lived in Raytown for nearly 50 years. He is a long-time member of a local church. In his spare time, he has volunteered with various organizations including his church, the American Red Cross, Raytown Quality Schools, and coached youth sports programs.