Mayor E. "Ben" Zahn III
Mayor Ben Zahn, former District 3 Kenner City Councilman and District 4 Jefferson Parish Councilman, was elected Mayor in December 2016 and took office in January 2017. He went on to win re-election to a full, four-year term as Mayor in March, 2018.
Quality of life for all Kenner citizens is a priority for Ben, starting with a citywide cleanup that began in 2017 and continues today. He has added free festivals and events for families, including the Freedom Fest at the Lake, which debuted in 2017 in Laketown and features nationally acclaimed country music performers and the return of Kenner Oktoberfest, held in Rivertown in 2018.
His focus on ridding blight targets both residential areas and commercial businesses, with more than 2,000 violations issued to property owners in 2018 alone. Economic development is also a priority. His leadership encourages and welcomes new businesses to open their shops and invest in Kenner – from the river to the lake – with more than 500 occupational licenses issued in the city from 2017-18 and nearly 70 ribbon cuttings since taking office. Along with members of the City Council and Police Chief Mike Glaser, he has worked closely with the owners of the Pavilion Shopping Center and The Esplanade Mall to revitalize those centers. Commercial development of the Laketown area near the shores of Lake Pontchartrain continues to be a top priority.
Ben is a strong advocate for public safety supporting law enforcement, the Kenner Police Department and our Kenner Fire Department, which has been overhauled with new leadership, equipment and firefighters since Ben took office in 2017.
Ben Zahn is a third generation business owner with three decades of experience operating a business in Kenner, while at the same time taking a leadership role in civic and volunteer positions in the city he calls home.
Ben graduated from John Curtis Christian School and the University of New Orleans. He served as a board member of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Home & School Association, Jefferson Parish Envision 2020 and the Professional Services Selection Advisory Board for Kenner. He is past chair for two consecutive terms of the Kenner Planning and Zoning Board. He served as a board member for the Krewe of Argus, as a member of the Pelican State Pachyderm Club and previously served on the Kenner Civil Service Board. He is an honorary member, past president and secretary of the Kenner Rotary Club. Zahn and his family - wife Dawn and his children, Ben IV and Blake - are parishioners of Divine Mercy Catholic Church in Kenner.