OVERLAND PARK -- Wichita Mayor Carl Brewer was elected as the 81st president of the League of Kansas Municipalities (LKM) during the organization’s annual conference Tuesday morning in Overland Park.
Mayor Brewer succeeds Overland Park Mayor Carl Gerlach as the LKM’s leader. Jim Sherer, city commissioner from Dodge City, was elected vice president.
In comments to the convention delegates, Mayor Brewer called upon LKM members to speak with a common voice on behalf of all Kansas communities. He also urged his fellow local leaders to restore the public’s confidence in government.
“We need to have our citizens recognize the value of competent government, and why our freedoms and security depend on it,” he said.
More than 1,000 local officials from around the state attended the conference, marking the 100th anniversary of the League.
Mayor Brewer served as LKM vice president the past year. He also serves on the National League of Cities board of directors and chairs the organization’s Large Cities Council.
Also attending the LKM conference were Wichita Vice Mayor Jeff Longwell and City Council members Sue Schlapp and Lavonta Williams.
The LKM Annual Conference is the only statewide event that provides educational opportunities designed especially for city officials to learn about efficient and effective governing, hear best practices from other communities, and receive updates regarding legal standards and requirements.
The conference workshop schedule included a presentation by Mayor Brewer and Scott Knebel, City of Wichita principal planner, on the Wichita Downtown Development project.
The conference agenda also included the adoption of the annual state legislative agenda, covering a variety of issues of importance to municipal governments.