Local Government

Council approves raise for city manager
March 25, 2015
Shawnee city manager Carol Gonzales will receive the city staff’s scheduled raise standard for all employees this year of 3.3 percent and will also receive an additional $2,500 in deferred compensation.
Economy and education focus of 2015 State of the County Address
March 24, 2015
Ed Eilert, chairman of the Johnson County Board of County Commissioners, highlighted the economic gains Johnson County made in 2014 and described the county as a “Community of opportunity,” in his annual State of the County Address Tuesday.
Johnson County museum, 1950’s all-electric-house moving to new county building
March 23, 2015
The Johnson County Museum and the popular 1950’s all-electric house in Shawnee will be moving to the recently approved Johnson County Arts and Heritage Center.
Shawnee has mixed reaction to concealed-carry firearm bill
March 23, 2015
A bill is quickly making its way through the Kansas legislature that would allow people to carry concealed guns without requiring them to get a state permit or take training classes.
Shawnee candidate forum on Mar. 26
March 20, 2015
The Johnson County League of Women Voters is holding another Shawnee candidate forum on Mar. 26.
Voting numbers vary by ward in Shawnee
March 16, 2015
The official final results for this month’s Shawnee mayoral primary, including a breakdown of how each ward in Shawnee voted, were released last week by the Johnson County Election office and they show that voter turnout varied between the four wards.
Shawnee seeking Street Improvement Task Force committee members
March 9, 2015
The City of Shawnee is seeking citizens who would like to serve on the Street Improvement Program Task Force, which will help determine how a portion of the funds from the recently passed pavement sales tax will be spent.
Developers cancel proposed Shawnee Landing project
March 6, 2015
The last undeveloped corner of Maurer Road and Shawnee Mission Parkway will continue to sit vacant as the developers behind Shawnee Landing have cancelled their commercial project plans.
Distler, Pflumm advance in Shawnee mayoral primary
March 3, 2015
Dan Pflumm and Michelle Distler will advance to April’s general election as candidates for Shawnee mayor.
Company moving from Olathe to Shawnee approved for SEED loan
February 25, 2015
An Olathe company is moving to Shawnee and the business received approval from the city for forgivable loans that will cover moving expenses, build-out costs and new equipment.
Primary Preview: Get to know the mayoral candidates
February 25, 2015
Ahead of Tuesday’s primary election, Shawnee’s four mayoral candidates answer questions posed by The Dispatch about their run for office.
Mayor’s Column: Proposal from State Legislature Would Negatively Affect Local Elections
February 23, 2015
Mayor Jeff Meyers says bill in the state legislature considering making local elections partisan would negatively impact how Shawnee’s city government operates.
City earns award for 2015 Budget
February 23, 2015
For the ninth consecutive year, the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) has awarded the City of Shawnee the GFOA’s Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for the city’s 2015 Budget.
City to postpone Shawnee Landing Project public hearings
February 20, 2015
Two public hearings scheduled for Monday’s Shawnee City Council meeting will be postponed until March 23.
Battle for Bell Road remains in county court
February 16, 2015
The residents on Bell Road suing the Johnson County Board of County Commissioners over the creation of a contract sewer district for the proposed Shawnee Landing development are still waiting to see if their claims hold water in court.