Local Government

City honors outgoing council member Neal Sawyer
April 21, 2015
Neal Sawyer, who served for 13 years on the Shawnee City Council and another seven on the planning commission, received special honors last week during his final city council meeting.
City approves traffic lights for Johnson Drive, Woodland Road intersection
April 20, 2015
The Shawnee City Council approved the installation of traffic signals at the intersection of Johnson Drive and Woodland Road last week.
Michelle Distler sworn in as Shawnee’s first female mayor
April 14, 2015
Becoming the first female mayor of Shawnee is the realization of a dream not only for Michelle Distler, but also her nine-year-old daughter Jeydan.
Stephanie Meyer named City Council president; chamber remodel moves forward
April 14, 2015
The new face of the Shawnee City Council became clearer Monday with new appointments and the election of a new council president.
Meyers appoints twelve to Street Improvement Task Force
April 13, 2015
Mayor Jeff Meyers has selected 12 Shawnee residents to serve on a Street Improvement Program Task Force, a board that will help decide how a portion of the funds from the recently passed pavement sales tax will be spent.
Eric Jenkins wins Ward II, Jim Neighbor reelected in Ward I
April 7, 2015
The citizens of Shawnee voted to reelect a long time council member and replace another Tuesday as they voted to elect Jim Neighbor in Ward I and Eric Jenkins in Ward II.
Distler becomes first woman elected as Mayor of Shawnee
April 7, 2015
Michelle Distler is the first woman to be elected as Shawnee Mayor, and she can’t believe it. Distler narrowly defeated her fellow city council member Dan Pflumm, earning 3,081 votes to Pflumm’s 2,622, according to the county’s unofficial final results.
AT&T GigaPower service expanding in Shawnee, construction concerning residents
April 7, 2015
It wasn’t that long ago Shawnee residents saw Google Fiber begin laying their lines in the front lawns and along busy streets like Quivira Road. Now, AT&T is retracing Google’s steps as they begin to install their own high-speed internet service, AT&T GigaPower. When representatives of AT&T attended a city council meeting late last year, they told the council that they would be better than Google in regards to construction time and disturbance to local residents. That’s something council member Neal Sawyer wanted to hold them to.
Johnson Drive and Woodland intersection update to be decided in April
March 30, 2015
The Shawnee City Council will consider several improvement options for the Johnson Drive and Woodland Road intersection at its Apr. 13 city council meeting.
Mayoral candidates fighting for position, not against each other
March 29, 2015
The two candidates for Shawnee Mayor, Michelle Distler and Dan Pflumm, discussed issues facing the city in a candidate forum Thursday evening.
Candidate questionnaires: Ward 1
March 29, 2015
In their own words, the candidates for the Ward I council seat explain their positions on some of Shawnee’s key issues.
Candidate questionnaires: Ward II
March 29, 2015
In their own words, the candidates for the Ward II council seat explain their positions on some of Shawnee’s key issues. Eric Jenkins is challenging long-time incumbent Neal Sawyer for this council seat.
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.