Michael S. Yenni was sworn into office on July 1, 2010 as the 21st Mayor of Kenner with high priorities to revitalize Kenner’s economic environment and enhance the quality of life in his hometown. He immediately hit the ground running by implementing strategies to improve all aspects of public service. In 2014, he was re-elected by 76% of voters.
Since taking office, Mayor Yenni has significantly cut government spending and reformed budget practices in the City of Kenner. Over the past five years, cuts total $8.5 million (approximately 14% of the overall budget) and 135 positions have been eliminated. For the first time in a decade, due to his conservative handling of finances, no capital funds were required to be re-dedicated in order to balance the city budget this fiscal year; in addition, employees have been given raises 3 out of the 5 years he has served. To ensure available funding, Mike has continued to cut his own salary as well.
Mayor Yenni’s priorities adhere to his philosophy that Jefferson Parish’s greatest days are yet to come and we must all work together– citizens, elected officials, private business and public entities – to get there. With Yenni, Kenner has found Young, Energetic, No Nonsense leadership with Integrity.
Mike is a graduate of Jesuit High School and received his bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Southeastern Louisiana University. He is a proud member of the United States Naval Reserve and holds the rank of Lieutenant in the Public Affairs Community. Mayor Yenni is the proud recipient of the 2013 JEDCO Chairman’s Champion Award and is also involved in many service organizations in the metro area.
Mike resides at 6 Chateau Palmer in Kenner with his wife, Michelle Swanner Yenni, daughter, Reagan Swanner Yenni, born August 12, 2013, and their Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Bella.