John BallardJohn Ballard

John Ballard was a lifelong resident of Missouri. He attended MU, earned a master’s degree in community development in 1971, and then worked for MU Extension as a local government specialist for 21 years.

During his tenure with MU Extension, he earned statewide recognition for his vast knowledge of state, city and county politics. After he retired in 1992, he continued to play an active role in Missouri government by operating a private consulting firm, Governmental Services, through which he published a monthly newsletter for more than 300 subscribers in the state.