From the Mayor 05/11/16

Reprinted with permission from the Independence Daily Reporter

In Independence, we elect three city commissioners, one of whom serves as mayor. Why does Independence have three elected officials, instead of four, five, or more?  The only reason that I’ve been able to find is that we’ve always done it that way.  I served a brief term on the city council in Baldwin City, which has five council members plus a mayor, and it seemed to be a vastly preferable arrangement for getting things accomplished.  That started me wondering, how many elected officials do most cities have?  So I did a bit of research, and here’s what I came up with.

The following is a list of every city in Kansas with three elected officials: Caldwell, Fredonia, Garnett, Hoxie, Independence, La Crosse, McCracken, McPherson, Neodesha, and Winfield.

The following is a list of every city in Kansas with four or more elected officials: Abbyville, Abilene, Admire, Agenda, Agra, Albert, Alden, Alexander, Allen, Alma, Almena, Alta Vista, Altamont, Alton, Altoona, Americus, Andale, Andover, Anthony, Arcadia, Argonia, Arkansas City, Arlington, Arma, Ashland, Assaria, Atchison, Athol (population 43), Atlanta, Attica, Atwood, Auburn, Augusta, Aurora, Axtell, Baldwin City, Barnard, Barnes, Bartlett, Basehor, Bassett (population 14), Baxter Springs, Bazine, Beattie, Bel Aire, Belle Plaine, Belleville, Beloit, Belpre, Belvue, Benedict, Bennington, Bentley, Benton, Bern, Beverly, Bird City, Bison, Blue Mound, Blue Rapids, Bluff City, Bogue, Bonner Springs, Brewster, Bronson, Brookville, Brownell (population 29), Bucklin, Buffalo, Buhler, Bunker Hill, Burden, Burdett, Burlingame, Burlington, Burns, Burr Oak, Burrton, Bushong (population 34), Bushton, Byers (population 36), Cambridge, Caney, Canton, Carbondale, Carlton, Cassoday, Cawker City, Cedar (population 14), Cedar Point, Cedar Vale, Centralia, Chanute, Chapman, Chase, Chautauqua, Cheney, Cherokee, Cherryvale, Chetopa, Cimarron, Circleville, Claflin, Clay Center, Clayton, Clearwater, Clifton, Climax, Clyde, Coats, Coffeyville, Colby, Coldwater, Collyer, Colony, Columbus, Colwich, Concordia, Conway Springs, Coolidge, Copeland, Corning, Cottonwood Falls, Council Grove, Courtland, Coyville, Cuba, Cullison, Culver, Cunningham, Damar, Danville, De Soto, Dearing, Deerfield, Delia, Delphos, Denison, Denton, Derby, Dexter, Dighton, Dodge City, Dorrance, Douglass, Downs, Dresden, Dunlap, Durham, Dwight, Earlton, Eastborough, Easton, Edgerton, Edmond, Edna, Edwardsville, Effingham, El Dorado, Elbing, Elgin, Elk City, Elk Falls, Elkhart, Ellinwood, Ellis, Ellsworth, Elmdale, Elsmore, Elwood, Emmett, Emporia, Englewood, Ensign, Enterprise, Erie, Esbon, Eskridge, Eudora, Eureka, Everest, Fairview, Fairway, Fall River, Florence, Fontana, Ford, Formoso, Fort Scott, Fowler, Frankfort, Frederick, Freeport (population 5), Frontenac, Fulton, Galatia, Galena, Galesburg, Galva, Garden City, Garden Plain, Gardner, Garfield, Gas, Gaylord, Gem, Geneseo, Geuda Springs, Girard, Glade, Glasco, Glen Elder, Goddard, Goessel, Goff, Goodland, Gorham, Gove City, Grainfield, Grandview Plaza, Great Bend, Greeley, Green, Greenleaf, Greensburg, Grenola, Gridley, Grinnell, Gypsum, Haddam, Halstead, Hamilton, Hamlin, Hanover, Hanston, Hardtner, Harper, Hartford, Harveyville, Havana, Haven, Havensville, Haviland, Hays, Haysville, Hazelton, Hepler, Herington, Herndon, Hesston, Hiawatha, Highland, Hill City, Hillsboro, Hoisington, Holcomb, Hollenberg, Holton, Holyrood, Hope, Horace, Horton, Howard, Hoyt, Hudson, Hugoton, Humboldt, Hunnewell, Hunter, Huron, Hutchinson, Ingalls, Inman, Iola, Isabel, Iuka, Jamestown, Jennings, Jetmore, Jewell, Johnson, City, Junction City, Kanopolis, Kanorado, Kansas City, Kechi, Kensington, Kincaid, Kingman, Kinsley, Kiowa, Kirwin, Kismet, La Cygne, La Harpe, Labette, Lake Quivira, Lakin, Lancaster, Lane, Langdon, Lansing, Larned, Latham, Latimer, Lawrence, Le Roy, Leavenworth, Leawood, Lebanon, Lebo, Lecompton, Lehigh, Lenexa, Lenora, Leon, Leona, Leonardville, Leoti, Lewis, Liberal, Liberty, Liebenthal, Lincoln Center, Lincolnville, Lindsborg, Linn, Linn Valley, Linwood, Little River, Logan, Lone Elm, Long Island, Longford, Longton, Lorraine, Lost Springs, Louisburg, Louisville, Lucas, Luray, Lyndon, Lyons, Macksville, Madison, Mahaska, Maize, Manchester, Manhattan, Mankato, Manter, Maple Hill, Mapleton, Marion, Marquette, Marysville, Matfield Green, Mayetta, Mayfield, McCune, McDonald, McFarland, McLouth, Meade, Medicine Lodge, Melvern, Menlo, Meriden, Merriam, Milan, Mildred, Milford, Miltonvale, Minneapolis, Minneola, Mission, Mission Hills, Mission Woods, Moline, Montezuma, Moran, Morganville, Morland, Morrill, Morrowville, Moscow, Mound City, Mound Valley, Moundridge, Mount Hope, Mulberry, Mullinville, Mulvane, Munden, Muscotah, Narka, Nashville, Natoma, Neosho Falls, Neosho Rapids, Ness City, Netawaka, New Albany, New Cambria, New Strawn, Newton, Nickerson, Niotaze, Norcatur, North Newton, Norton, Nortonville, Norwich, Oak Hill, Oakley, Oberlin, Offerle, Ogden, Oketo, Olathe, Olivet, Olmitz, Olpe, Olsburg, Onaga, Oneida, Osage City, Osawatomie, Osborne, Oskaloosa, Oswego, Otis, Ottawa, Overbrook, Overland Park, Oxford, Ozawkie, Palco, Palmer, Paola, Paradise, Park, Park City, Parker, Parkerfield, Parkerville, Parsons, Partridge, Pawnee Rock, Paxico, Peabody, Penalosa (population 17), Perry, Peru, Phillipsburg, Pittsburg, Plains, Plainville, Pleasanton, Plevna, Pomona, Portis, Potwin, Powhattan, Prairie View, Prairie Village, Pratt, Prescott, Preston, Pretty Prairie, Princeton, Protection, Quenemo, Quinter, Radium, Ramona, Randall, Randolph, Ransom, Rantoul, Raymond, Reading, Redfield, Republic, Reserve, Rexford, Richfield, Richmond, Riley, Robinson, Roeland Park, Rolla, Rose Hill, Roseland, Rossville, Rozel, Rush Center, Russell, Russell Springs, Sabetha, Salina, Satanta, Savonburg, Sawyer, Scammon, Scandia, Schoenchen, Scott City, Scottsville, Scranton, Sedan, Sedgwick, Selden, Seneca, Severance, Severy, Seward, Sharon, Sharon Springs, Shawnee, Silver Lake, Simpson, Smith Center, Smolan, Soldier, Solomon, South Haven, South Hutchinson, Spearville, Speed, Spivey, Spring Hill, St. Francis, St. George, St. John, St. Marys, St. Paul, Stafford, Stark, Sterling, Stockton, Strong City, Sublette, Summerfield, Sun City, Susank, Sylvan Grove, Sylvia, Syracuse, Tampa, Tescott, Thayer, Timken, Tipton, Tonganoxie, Topeka, Toronto, Towanda, Treece, Tribune, Troy, Turon, Tyro, Udall, Ulysses, Uniontown, Utica, Valley Center, Valley Falls, Vermillion, Victoria, Vining, Viola, Virgil, WaKeeney, Wakefield, Waldo, Waldron, Wallace, Walnut, Walton, Wamego, Washington, Waterville, Wathena, Waverly, Webber, Weir, Wellington, Wellsville, West Mineral, Westmoreland, Westphalia, Westwood, Westwood Hills, Wetmore, Wheaton, White City, White Cloud, Whitewater, Whiting, Wichita, Willard, Williamsburg, Willis, Willowbrook, Wilmore, Wilsey, Wilson, Winchester, Windom, Winona, Woodbine, Woodston, Yates Center, Zenda, and Zurich.

I wonder if all those cities know something we don’t?

Mayor Gary Hogsett

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