City Government

Stuart Boley files for reelection to Lawrence City Commission

Retired auditor and community volunteer Stuart Boley has filed for reelection to the Lawrence City Commission. Boley was elected to the commission in 2015 along with fellow newcomers Leslie Soden and Matthew Herbert. Boley, who served as mayor last year, said he’s learned a lot over the past ...

Lawrence City Commission selects Craig Owens as city manager

Story updated at 4:03 p.m. Monday The current city manager of Clayton, Mo., will soon take over as Lawrence’s top nonelected official. At a special meeting Monday, the Lawrence City Commission announced that Craig Owens had been selected as the city’s next city manager. Reading a prepared ...

Submissions sought for art installation at new Lawrence police headquarters

The Lawrence Cultural Arts Commission is looking for professional artists to develop a public art installation as part of the new Lawrence Police Department headquarters site. Individual artists or teams of artists have until midnight June 3 to submit a resume and samples of their work, ...

Lawrence City Commission to announce next city manager in special meeting Monday

Lawrence Mayor Lisa Larsen will announce the next city manager during a special City Commission meeting Monday. After a national search, the city has narrowed the candidates to two finalists: Susan Sherman, who is currently the assistant city manager for Olathe, and Craig Owens, city manager ...

Social advocate and community board member Joey Hentzler files for City Commission

Social advocate and community board member Joey Hentzler has filed for election to the Lawrence City Commission. Hentzler, 25, has lived in Lawrence since 2011, but he said he has thought of the city as his home for longer than that. When he was a teenager and had not yet come out as gay, he ...

City investigating reason for clog at recently completed $74 million sewer plant

The city’s recently completed $74 million sewage treatment plant has clogged, requiring the city to haul sludge to another plant in order to temporarily clear the plant's basins and make repairs. Though the plant is fully operational again, city staff says it's continuing to investigate what ...

City of Lawrence to hold open house of new Riverfront offices

The city will hold an open house Tuesday for its offices located in the newly renovated space known as City Hall Riverfront. Municipal Court, the city prosecutor’s office, the Human Relations office and the Lawrence-Douglas County Planning and Development Services Department began operating ...

Some residents voice concerns as affordable housing board considers density increases

As the city embarks on a new venture in its affordable housing efforts — one involving the first changes to the local development code — some residents are asking questions about how those changes could affect neighborhoods. If approved, the proposed affordable housing density bonus would ...

Local sustainability leader says city needs to take bold action on climate issues

The local sustainability director told city leaders Tuesday that ambitious climate action is needed on the global, national and local levels, and that the city needs a plan to mitigate and adapt to climate change. Lawrence-Douglas County Sustainability Director Jasmin Moore told city ...

Neighborhood leader and city board member Ken Easthouse files for City Commission

Neighborhood association president and city incentives board member Ken Easthouse has filed for election to the Lawrence City Commission. Easthouse, a native of Lawrence, has been active in local government the past several years and ran unsuccessfully for the commission in 2017. Easthouse, ...

City manager finalists outline plans, answer questions from Lawrence residents

In their first meeting with the public, the two finalists for Lawrence city manager were greeted with a full crowd and a variety of questions, ranging in topic from economic incentives to the city’s role in arts and culture. About 150 people filled the meeting room at the Carnegie Building ...

Couple sue city over century-old tunnel under Lawrence neighborhood

After discovering a century-old tunnel directly under their house, a Lawrence couple have filed a lawsuit demanding that the city either relocate the tunnel — which is still used for storm water drainage — or pay them for damages. The 6-by-6 foot, arched brick drainage tunnel was ...