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.
Among Ben’s priorities is quality of life for all Kenner citizens starting with his demonstration of pride throughout the city, a cleanup of many areas in our community, including painting medians, repairing broken curbs and beautifying landscapes, working with the City Council to purchase a new street sweeper and installing decorative or patriotic banners on many of Kenner’s biggest thoroughfares, adding amenities and attractions such as improvements to City Park benefitting residents and inviting families to choose Kenner as their home.
His focus on ridding blight continues, targeting both residential areas and commercial businesses, including the under-performing malls and shopping centers. 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.
Ben is a strong advocate for public safety supporting law enforcement, the Kenner Police Department and our Kenner Fire Department.
As a former city and parish councilman, Ben made sure parks and playgrounds were better maintained and offered more amenities. He focused on safety, beautification and artscapes on major corridors and directed capital improvements to roads, lighting, drainage projects and canals, pump stations and sewerage systems in District 4.
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 is married to the former Dawn Boudloche, and they have two children, Ben IV, and Patricia “Blake”. 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 a past member of the Jefferson Parish Industrial Development Board, the Florist Transworld International Delivery Association and 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 are parishioners of Divine Mercy Catholic Church in Kenner.