Wednesday, October 22, 2014
     

City Hall
115E Smith
P.O. Box 100
Hesston, KS 67062
Phone: 620-327-4412
Fax: 620-327-4595

 

City Council

The City of Hesston is a city of the second class and operates under a Mayor and Council form of government as provided for under Kansas Statutes, with a mayor and five city council members. General municipal elections are held in April of odd-numbered years with a primary, if required, in February. A mayor and council are elected at large by public vote. All members are elected to four-year staggered terms.

The City Council creates and passes by majority vote, resolutions and ordinances, approves the budget,appoints citizens to advisory boards and hires an administrator who serves at the pleasure of the Council. The administrator is responsible for daily oversight of the affairs of the city and ensures laws and ordinances are enforced and reports directly to the Council. 

Council Meetings

The City Council meets in regular session the second Monday of each month. In addition, Council Work Sessions are held on the fourth Monday of each month to meet with the staff to discuss on-going work. Council meetings begin promptly at 6:00 p.m. Executive Sessions1 are scheduled when required. Meetings are conducted in compliance with the Kansas open Meetings Act. The public is invited to attend.

General Issues and Concerns of Citizens 

Citizens can address the City Council about issues that are not on the formal agenda. When addressing the Council, citizens are asked to stand at the podium, state their name and address and then relate their issue. 

1Executive Session 

Under exemptions to the Kansas Open Meetings Act, the Council can recess into Executive Session. This gives the City Council an opportunity to meet with staff and the parties involved to discuss the City's options resolving pending legal action, land acquisition issues or personnel matters.








David K. Kauffman, Mayor

Mr. Kauffman was elected to the city council in 2007 to a 4-year term.  In 2009 David was elected by the council to serve as council president and assumed the position of mayor upon the resignation of the current mayor.  David was elected for an additional term in 2013 and will serve until 2017 as mayor.  He is the owner of Kauffman Insurance Agency, an Allstate agency in Wichita.  He and his wife, Lynda, reside in Hesston and have a daughter Paige who attends Hesston High School.  Email Address: davidkauffman@allstate.com








Councilman Pat Moore

Mr. Moore was elected to the city council in April 2011 for a four year term, which runs through 2015.  Pat served 7 years in the U.S. Navy (submarine service) and retired from the Natural Gas Pipeline industry in 2011.  Pat is a volunteer advocate for abused and neglected children with the Harvey / McPherson County CASA program.  He and his wife, Susan have lived in Hesston for the past 8 years. He can be reached by phone at 620-327-6565 and by email at pmoorecity@gmail.com



Councilman Lee E. Birch

Mr. Lee Birch was elected to the city council in April 2011 for a four year term, which runs through 2015.  He moved to Hesston in 1974 from Burwell, Nebraska.  He and his wife Carol have 6 children.  Lee is employed at The Bradbury Co. Inc in Moundridge, Ks. as a maintenance technician. Lee served the community as a volunteer firefighter and first responder for more than 20 years. Lee and Carol were previously small business owners in Hesston. Email Address:  lbirchcity@gmail.com






Councilman Brad Unruh

Mr. Unruh was first elected to the council in 2009, serving a 4-year term through 2013. Now serving a second term, he will serve until 2017.  He currently serves as president of the council.  Brad is the Product Manager for Excel Industries in Hesston.  He and his wife Andrea reside in Hesston along with their two boys; Cade and Ty. Email Address: braducity@gmail.com




Councilman John Reimer

Mr. Reimer was appointed to the city council in January 2010 to replace the council president who became mayor.  John has lived in Hesston his entire life.  He is a demonstration pilot and flight supervisor for the Cessna Aircraft Company and has been with them for 10 years. He and his wife Cindy reside in Hesston and have two daughters, Elyse (Ellie); 5 and Abigail (Abby); 11.  He can be reached by email at  john.e.reimer@gmail.com








Councilman Jason Jones

Mr. Jones was elected to the city council and sworn in on April 8, 2013.  His current term runsthrough 2017.  Jason has served as the Director of the Hesston Wellness Center for Schowalter Villa since 2011.  He and his wife, Tracy, reside in Hesston and have three sons, Alex ; 20, Nick; 17, and Jace; 2.  He can be reached at 620-327-2323 or by email at jasonjcity@gmail.com