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Positions open in Kingsburg

Members of the Kingsburg Planning Commission are shown from a December 2014 meeting. A number of vacancies on this and two other service groups are available for citizens interested in serving the community.

KINGSBURG – John R. Shantz was approved to fill a vacancy on the Kingsburg Planning Commission at the Feb. 21 Kingsburg City Council meeting.

The Planning Commission is comprised of seven members who serve four-year terms. They meet on the second Thursday of each month in the Council Chambers and provide guidance to the Council on a variety of city growth issues. See their agendas online at

Shantz has lived in Kingsburg for 27 years and has been involved in numerous fundraisers for Kingsburg High and helped develop the Kingsburg Community Assistance Program’s initial business objectives.

Shantz touts his experience as a consultant and partner for several commercial and health care buildings as experience he’ll bring to the Planning Commission. He’s a strong supporter of the Kingsburg Police Department and previously helped fund dog training for the K-9 officers.

Shantz has a master’s degree in business leadership, sits on the board of a local health care corporation and has experience managing corporations.

Locally, he’s helped plan the annual Dala Horse Trot and says his overall goal is to keep Kingsburg’s unique small-town lifestyle thriving.

“I want to make a positive impact specific to business recruitment, housing and revenues. Kingsburg should be a hub for sporting activities, dining, shopping and living. I simply would like to bring my thoughts, expertise and energy to make this happen.”

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