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City Officials
City Commission
  • Mayor Mike Amyx
    (785) 842-9425
  • Vice-Mayor Jeremy Farmer
    (785) 691-9100
  • Commissioner Michael Dever
    (785) 550-4909
  • Commissioner Dr. Terry Riordan
    (785) 842-1900
  • Commissioner Bob Schumm
    (785) 842-7337
  • City Hall and other offices
  • City Manager Dave Corliss
    (785) 832-3400
  • Acting City Clerk Diane Trybom
    (785) 832-3308
  • Assistant City Manager Casey Toomay
    (785) 832-3400
  • Assistant City Manager Diane Stoddard
    (785) 832-3400
  • Communications Manager Megan Gilliland
    (785) 832-3406
  • Finance Director Ed Mullins
    (785) 832-3214
  • Planning and Development Services Director Scott McCullough
    (785) 832-3154
  • Public Works Director Charles Soules
    (785) 832-3124

  • Fire and Medical, Lawrence-Douglas County Administrative Offices
    (785) 830-7000
    1911 Stewart Ave., Lawrence, KS 66046
    Mark Bradford, Chief
  • Lawrence Transit System
    (785) 832-3464
    933 New Hampshire, Lawrence, KS 66044
    Robert Nugent, Public Transit Administrator
  • Parks and Recreation
    (785) 832-3450
    1141 New Hampshire Street, Suite 200B, Lawrence, KS 66044
    Ernie Shaw, Interim Director
  • Police Law Enforcement Center
    (785) 832-7501
    111 E. 11th, Lawrence, KS 66044
    Tarik Khatib, Chief
  • Waste Reduction and Recycling
    (785) 832-3030
    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.

Lawrence City Commission agenda for April 21 meeting
April 19, 2015
5:45 p.m. Tuesday, City Hall
New Lawrence mayor confident commission ready to tackle issues, rebuild trust
04:37 p.m., April 17, 2015 Updated 10:41 p.m.
New Lawrence mayor Jeremy Farmer doesn’t spend any time trying to convince people that his first two years in office have been as much fun as he thought they were going to be as a young, energetic candidate in 2013. “It has been a very up and down ride,” Farmer said Friday, as he settled into his one-year term as mayor. At various times, Farmer shared with about anybody who asked that he was sure that his first term on the Lawrence City Commission would be his last. But now, he’s not sure. The ride has been more up than down lately. By Chad Lawhorn
Lawrence hires KCMO arts leader to serve as director of arts and culture
02:48 p.m., April 15, 2015 Updated 10:26 p.m.
The leader of the public art program in Kansas City, Mo., is set to become Lawrence’s next director of arts and culture. Lawrence City Hall officials announced Wednesday that Porter Arneill will begin serving as Lawrence’s new director of arts and culture in early May. By Chad Lawhorn
Farmer elected to serve as mayor; Boley, Herbert, Soden take seats on City Commission
08:38 p.m., April 14, 2015 Updated 10:09 p.m.
City Commissioner Jeremy Farmer was unanimously elected by fellow commissioners on Tuesday to serve a one-year term as mayor, and he immediately sent a message that citizen input is going to be a priority during his term. By Chad Lawhorn
Lawrence City Commission agenda for April 14 meeting
April 11, 2015
5:45 p.m. Tuesday, Lawrence City Hall
City to host public reception for outgoing City Manager David Corliss
04:36 p.m., April 10, 2015 Updated 10:27 p.m.
City leaders have set a date for a public reception to honor outgoing Lawrence City Manager David Corliss.
Douglas County clerk thinks spring elections for local government may soon move to fall
05:15 p.m., April 8, 2015 Updated 10:19 p.m.
Spring elections of city commissioners and school board members — like the one held Tuesday — soon may fall out of fashion as state legislators prepare to vote on a bill that would move the races to November. “I would be really surprised if we had another spring election,” Douglas County Clerk Jamie Shew said. By Chad Lawhorn
Soden, Boley, Herbert win seats on Lawrence City Commission; two incumbents voted out
April 7, 2015
Three new faces are coming onto the Lawrence City Commission, and already there are promises of a new attitude on the way as well. Leslie Soden — an owner of a Lawrence pet-sitting business, and a first-time elected official — won the top spot in Tuesday’s general election. Fellow City Hall newcomers Stuart Boley, a retired IRS agent, and Matthew Herbert, a Lawrence High teacher, won the other two spots on the commission. Incumbents Terry Riordan and Bob Schumm lost their re-election bids by more than 1,500 votes. By Chad Lawhorn
Commissioners praise work of city manager as he prepares to take job in Colorado
06:51 p.m., April 7, 2015 Updated 10:22 p.m.
Lawrence city commissioners on Tuesday offered praise for City Manager David Corliss in the first meeting since he announced his pending departure for a town manager job in Colorado. But commissioners said more details about the search process to replace Corliss likely are still another one to two weeks away. By Chad Lawhorn
City Hall expecting to spend about 30 percent less on street maintenance contracts in 2015
05:02 p.m., April 6, 2015 Updated 10:06 p.m.
As city commissioners continue to have discussions about rearranging budget priorities, there are new numbers about an old subject at Lawrence City Hall: street maintenance. The latest numbers from the city’s public works department show the amount of money budgeted for contracted street maintenance — items like repaving and curb and gutter repair — is expected to decline by about 30 percent in 2015.By Chad Lawhorn
Company at center of alleged money laundering, undocumented worker scheme worked at Rock Chalk Park
12:00 a.m., April 5, 2015 Updated 09:13 p.m.
A company at the center of an alleged multimillion dollar scheme involving money laundering and undocumented workers was hired as part of the construction of the stadium portion of the Rock Chalk Park sports complex, an attorney for Lawrence businessman Thomas Fritzel has confirmed. By Chad Lawhorn
City Manager David Corliss to leave Lawrence for job in Colorado
04:23 p.m., April 2, 2015 Updated 10:33 p.m.
Lawrence City Manager David Corliss has agreed to become the town manager of Castle Rock, Colo. Corliss plans to leave his post as the top executive at Lawrence City Hall on June 1. More details to come.
City hears that police HQ project could delay street projects, reduce parks and rec funding
09:31 p.m., March 31, 2015 Updated 10:19 p.m.
If Lawrence voters want to build a new police headquarters without raising taxes, they may have to live with less spending for parks and recreation and the delay of several major road projects, according to a new plan put together by City Hall leaders. By Chad Lawhorn
City Commission candidates debate downtown parking issues at forum
03:07 p.m., March 31, 2015 Updated 10:08 p.m.
Improving the availability of parking in downtown Lawrence is likely on the to-do list of the next City Commission, but candidates on Tuesday weren’t of the same mind on how to get the job done. By Chad Lawhorn
City Commission candidates debate health, wellness issues
09:17 p.m., March 30, 2015 Updated 10:47 p.m.
A Lawrence City Commission candidate forum on health and wellness issues Monday produced a variety of ideas, including a candidate who said he thinks the community could benefit from a lower drinking age. By Chad Lawhorn