Mary K. Shell

Emma Best filed this request with the Federal Bureau of Investigation of the United States of America.
Due July 16, 2018
Est. Completion None
Awaiting Response


From: Emma Best

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act, I hereby request the following records:

Records relating to or mentioning Mary Katherine Jaynes Shell, previously Mary Hosking, usually known as Mary K. Shell (February 9, 1927 – June 14, 2018), who was an American politician and the first woman to have served as mayor of Bakersfield, California (1981–1985) and only the second woman to have served on the Kern County Board of Supervisors (1985–1997). She was the widow of Joseph C. Shell, Sr. (1918–2008), a former Republican minority leader of the California State Assembly from Los Angeles, Richard M. Nixon's intraparty opponent for governor in 1962, and a lawmaker who fought to bring water to southern California in the 1960s.

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.

In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 20 business days, as the statute requires.


Emma Best

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  • Mary20K.20Shell_20Beloved2C20trailblazing20former20mayor20dies20at209120_20News20_.pdf

  • FBI20fee20category20and20search20parameters.pdf