Mayor Rusty Hike, City Administrator Jim Ristow and the entire City of Bellevue would like to offer our condolences and heartfelt thoughts and prayers to the family of former Bellevue Mayor Inez Boyd who passed away on Saturday, August 28th at the age of 85.
Mayor Boyd started her public service by serving on the Bellevue City Council for ten years beginning in 1972. In 1986 she became the first female elected to serve as the Mayor of Bellevue, and she held that office until 1998. Additionally, she served as a Sarpy County Commissioner for eight years after leaving the Mayor's office.
During Mayor Boyd's term the city maneuvered through some trying times and her leadership helped provide the necessary direction to take the city on a smoother and directed course. During her terms of leadership for Bellevue, it became the third largest city in Nebraska; advanced economic progress by bringing new businesses and industry to the city; oversaw the completion of the Kennedy Expressway and brought new energy and interest to the community.
Even after her career in public service came to an end, Mayor Boyd continued to give back and support the Bellevue Community. Mayor Boyd was one of the founding members of the Bellevue Community Foundation in 2012 that has become very active in supporting projects, organizations and events within the community, including a partnership with the City of Bellevue to make the large fountain at American Heroes Park and other improvements a reality.
In 2017, then Mayor Rita Sanders and the Bellevue City Council dedicated the large fountain at the American Heroes Park Lake in honor of the significant contributions Mayor Boyd made to the city by enhancing the quality of life and well-being for the city and its citizens.
According to her obituary, there will be a private funeral service followed by a public memorial service at a later date. Please go to https://bellevuefuneralchapel.com/inez-s-boyd/ for the complete obituary.
Mayor Boyd loved the City of Bellevue and the community benefited greatly from her boundless energy and dedication toward making this city grow and prosper. Thank you Inez Boyd for a job well done, a life well lived and for leaving a legacy that will live on!