Carol Gonzales announced she will step down from her job as Shawnee city manager and join the leadership team of the Mid-America Regional Council as the Director of Finance and Administration. Her last day with the city will be Wednesday, November 15.
Gonzales joined Shawnee’s staff in December of 1998 and was promoted to city manager in 2005.
“It was with mixed emotions that I informed Mayor Distler last night of my decision,” Gonzales said. “I am so proud of the people in this organization and all we have accomplished. I know the city will continue to grow and prosper, and citizens will continue to enjoy a high level of service from the talented professionals working at the City. At the same time, I am excited and honored to continue my public service career at MARC, an outstanding organization with significant regional impact.”
Gonzales credited elected officials and city staff for the substantial growth, stable economic condition and record high citizen satisfaction scores Shawnee has enjoyed in recent years. So far this year, she said, the city has started work on a new fire station, accomplished record levels of road and drainage projects and launched the massive Nieman Now infrastructure redevelopment. Additionally, private investment is moving at a rapid pace, with great potential for the future.
According to Shawnee Mayor Michelle Distler, Gonzales was a steady professional during the difficult times of the recession and also now, at a time of rapid change in Shawnee. She worked hard to get input from residents and businesses in order to build the kind of community that they wanted. The city council will discuss and announce the process to identify and hire Gonzales’ successor, Distler said.
“Carol gave her heart to Shawnee, raised her family here and we’ve been fortunate to have her as our city manager for the past 12 years,” Distler said. “We wish her well in this next phase of her public service career.”