Lawrence assistant city manager resigning to take city administrator job in Leawood

photo by: John Young

In this file photo from March 2016, Lawrence City Manager Tom Markus flashes a smile at a City Commission meeting at City Hall. Seated next to Markus is Assistant City Manager Diane Stoddard. At back left is City Attorney Toni Wheeler, and at back right is Assistant City Manager Casey Toomay.

Lawrence Assistant City Manager Diane Stoddard will be resigning to take a job as city administrator in Leawood, the City of Lawrence announced Wednesday afternoon.

Stoddard has served as assistant city manager since October of 2007, and was interim city manager from June 2015 to March 2016. According to a news release from the city, Stoddard’s last day will be Friday, Jan. 13, 2023.

“It has been an honor to serve as both assistant city manager and, on one occasion, interim city manager for Lawrence over the last 15 years,” Stoddard said in the release. “As my hometown, Lawrence will always be very dear to my heart. I’m happy that this new position allows me and my family to remain close.”

The release doesn’t include specific information about the process for replacing Stoddard, but it said the city manager’s office team would continue providing leadership as “longer term transition adjustments are explored.”


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