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Robert Wilson Kennerly, American financial executive. Councilman City of Yuma, 1962-1966; county supervisor County of Yuma, 1976-1984; member Arizona Parole Board, Phoenix, 1984-1988. Member Rotary (charter member Yuma chapter, chapter president 1965).


Kennerly, Robert Wilson was born on February 13, 1931 in Detroit, Michigan, United States. Son of Samuel Wilson and Margaret Claire (Kelley) Kennerly.


In 1958, Kennerly entered Arizona politics by running for Precinct Committeeman in Phoenix's 31st District. He was elected and served a full term, becoming active in community organizations. In 1962, he was elected to the Yuma City Council, and in 1966 he ran unsuccessfully for reelection.

For the next ten years, he served actively on the District 4 Council of Governments. In 1976, Kennerly was elected as a Democrat to the Board of Supervisors in Yuma County's District 1, which is a very diverse socio-economic district, and he was reelected in 1980, serving as Chairman during both terms. In 1984, Governor Babbitt appointed him to the Arizona Board of Pardons and Parole where he served until 1989.

Kennerly also served on the Commission on Appellate and Supreme Court Appointments for the State of Arizona and as Self-Governance Coordinator/Planner and Director of Gaming for the Cocopah Indian Tribe, instrumental in the development of an 18-hole golf course, a 500-unit RV park, a bingo hall, and a casino. As a community leader, Kennerly was one of the founders of the Southern Arizona Bank of Yuma, and he served on the Board of the Yuma County Chamber of Commerce. He was the first President of Caballeros de Yuma and served as the Publicity Director for the Yuma Chapter of the NAACP of which he is a lifetime member.

Kennerly is the son of Samuel Wilson Kennerly of Harrington, Delaware, and Margaret Claire Kelly of North Attleborough, Massachusetts. Together, they had four daughters, Robin, Kathryn, Carol and Bunny.


  • He was also a charter member and President of both the Sunrise Optimist Club and the Fort Yuma Rotary Club, Board member of the Yuma Golf and Country Club, and founder, charter President and long-time Board member of the Yuma Boys Club.


Councilman City of Yuma, 1962-1966. County supervisor County of Yuma, 1976-1984. Member Arizona Parole Board, Phoenix, 1984-1988.

Member Rotary (charter member Yuma chapter, chapter president 1965).


  • Other Interests

    Golf, horticulture.


Married Jeannette Wade, June 14, 1947. Children: Kathryn, Carol, Margaret, Robin.

Samuel Wilson Kennerly

Margaret Claire (Kelley) Kennerly

Jeannette Wade

Kathryn Kennerly

Carol Kennerly

Margaret Kennerly

Robin Kennerly