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- Mayor Mike Amyx
- Vice-Mayor Jeremy Farmer
- Commissioner Michael Dever
- Commissioner Dr. Terry Riordan
- Commissioner Bob Schumm
City Hall and other offices
- City Manager Dave Corliss
- Acting City Clerk Diane Trybom
- Assistant City Manager Casey Toomay
- Assistant City Manager Diane Stoddard
- Communications Manager Megan Gilliland
- Finance Director Ed Mullins
- Planning and Development Services Director Scott McCullough
- Public Works Director Charles Soules
- Fire and Medical, Lawrence-Douglas County Administrative Offices
1911 Stewart Ave., Lawrence, KS 66046
Mark Bradford, Chief
- Lawrence Transit System
933 New Hampshire, Lawrence, KS 66044
Robert Nugent, Public Transit Administrator
- Parks and Recreation
1141 New Hampshire Street, Suite 200B, Lawrence, KS 66044
Ernie Shaw, Interim Director
- Police Law Enforcement Center
111 E. 11th, Lawrence, KS 66044
Tarik Khatib, Chief
- Waste Reduction and Recycling
320 N.E. Industrial Lane, Lawrence, KS 66044
Kathy Richardson, Operations Supervisor
City of Lawrence
Editor's note: The links above are to the City of Lawrence Web site.
- Human rights advocate discusses child migrant crisis
- September 24, 2014
- A human rights activist speaking at the Lawrence Public Library Wednesday called on the United States government to provide refugee status to the migrant children crossing the Mexican border.
- Free of bed bugs, Lawrence library book sale set to return
- September 19, 2014
- After a year of dormancy at the hands of bed bugs, the book sales from the Friends of the Lawrence Public Library are finally back.
- Lawrence library reveals new batch of banned books trading cards
- September 18, 2014
- The Lawrence Public Library on Thursday unveiled its third edition of banned books trading cards, the project that asks residents to submit artwork inspired by censured books for the chance to have it converted into a collector’s item.
- Lawrence library set to release new deck of banned-books trading cards
- September 13, 2014
- One of Lawrence’s most endearing collector’s items will be back on the market next week when the Lawrence Public Library celebrates the freedom to read by handing out trading cards of banned books designed by local artists.
- Library announces first author visit enabled by new donation
- September 1, 2014
- The Lawrence Public Library has announced the first writer who will visit the city as part of the library’s new Ross and Marianna Beach Author Series. And he’s not showing up with nothing but a book. By Sara Shepherd
- Lawrence announces hiring of arts and culture director
- 12:26 p.m., August 11, 2014 Updated 04:27 p.m.
- A woman currently serving as a public art coordinator for Denver has been hired as Lawrence’s first arts and culture director, the city announced today. Christina McClelland is scheduled to begin her new job here on Sept. 29.
- Lawrence’s new library opens Saturday
- July 26, 2014
- After operating out of a cramped temporary location for the past year and a half, the Lawrence Public Library is finally reopening the doors to its Vermont Street locale after completing an $18 million facelift and 20,000 square-foot expansion.
- City being asked to approve thousands of dollars to address leakage issues at Rock Chalk Park rec center
- July 7, 2014
- Plans are still on track for teams of all sorts to be squaring off in the city’s new Rock Chalk Park recreation center by the first week of September. But in the meantime, project leaders are engaged in another type of struggle: keeping water out of the 181,000 square foot building. By Chad Lawhorn
- Lawrence Arts Center wins $500,000 grant for Ninth Street corridor project
- June 25, 2014
- The Lawrence Arts Center has succeeded in its quest for a major national grant to enliven Ninth Street east of downtown. The $500,000 grant comes from ArtPlace America, which is expected to formally announce its 2014 awards today. By Sara Shepherd
- Lawrence commission keeps knife ban, names rec center Sports Pavilion Lawrence
- June 24, 2014
- The Lawrence City Commission on Tuesday refused to repeal an ordinance that prohibits carrying concealed knives and approved a name for the new recreation center at Rock Chalk Park: Sports Pavilion Lawrence. The city’s knife ordinance will be unenforceable starting next week when a new state law that specifically allows concealed carry of knives takes effect. Commissioners said they thought the law approved by the Kansas Legislature will make the public less safe and they didn’t want any part of facilitating it. By Scott Rothschild
- Teen brothers find market in Lawrence for unusual business
- June 22, 2014
- Brothers Kyson and Kendrick Gardner were looking for a business opportunity recently when they caught a whiff of their family’s garbage can. It wasn’t a pretty smell. So the teens from rural Douglas County asked their dad if he thought anyone would pay to have their trash containers cleaned. Their dad knew a guy who ran a similar service in Olathe; the guy in turn helped the Gardner boys set up their new business. While the idea may be a bit offbeat, it seems to have found a market in Lawrence. By Giles Bruce
- Lawrence Memorial Hospital to have wellness resource center at new public library
- June 18, 2014
- The new Lawrence Public Library will have numerous features, from a video game area to a recording studio to a coffee bar. Lawrence Memorial Hospital announced Wednesday that it will have one more: a health-and-wellness resource center. By Giles Bruce
- Take a peek inside soon-to-open expanded Lawrence Public Library
- June 16, 2014
- From the 55-inch flat screen TVs with video game consoles prominently displayed in the front window to the drums and electric guitar in the basement recording studio, Lawrence’s new library is going to have a new feel. Don’t worry, it also will have books. By Chad Lawhorn
- Higher property taxes likely in ’15
- June 15, 2014
- Regardless of whether voters decide to build a new $30 million police headquarters, a property tax increase is going to be hard to avoid in 2015.
- Future site of Lawrence police headquarters down to final four
- June 3, 2014
- There is now a final four when it comes to choosing the home for a potential $30 million headquarters facility for the Lawrence Police Department.