City of Shawnee

Shawnee City Council Names New City Manager

Shawnee City Council Names New City Manager
Posted on 06/26/2018

Mayor Michelle Distler and the Shawnee City Council announced Nolan Sunderman as the new City Manager.

The Governing Body included all staff and residents, allowing everyone to provide the Governing Body with input on what they were looking for in the next City Manager through surveys and a small focus group. “Thank you to everyone who provided input into this process and very important decision,” said Mayor Michelle Distler. “I believe we, as a City, made this decision together. It’s not about thinking alike, but thinking together!”

Nolan was one of four finalists that the Governing Body believed most met the requests of staff and residents. The Governing Body extensively interviewed each candidate before discussing who would be the best fit in Shawnee for years to come. 

“Nolan stands out for his friendly, logical, and community-oriented approach to 21st Century city management,” said Mayor Distler. “His references, and the Council's interactions with him, showed him to be hard-working, ethical, even-tempered and a caring leader. He is aware of Shawnee's vision and values, and recognizes that we have a connected, engaged community with a great City staff.”

“I am honored to have the opportunity to help lead this community and will work to keep it a place where people are proud to live and work,” Sunderman said. 

Sunderman joined the staff at the City of Shawnee as Assistant City Manager in June 2016. He started his municipal career at the City of Republic, Missouri. In 2007, Nolan started working for the City of Lansing, Kansas as the Economic Development/Convention & Visitors Bureau Director. In 2014, he went to the City of Prairie Village, Kansas where he served as the Assistant to the City Administrator. 

Sunderman holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Political Science and Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Missouri State University. Nolan, his wife Natalie, and their son Connor live in Shawnee. He is an active member in the community and in numerous professional organizations including the International City/County Management Association and the Kansas Association of City/County Management. Nolan is also a graduate of the Certified Public Manager program through the University of Kansas Public Management Center.

Sunderman will replace Vicki Charlesworth, who has served as interim City Manager. She will retire in late 2018. “During this time, Vicki stepped up and did a phenomenal job, making great strides to make us better than ever before,” said Mayor Distler. “Her efforts are beyond appreciated by the Governing Body. I am proud that all Shawnee employees have done a great job in ensuring that the City of Shawnee is where it is today, with as strong of community as it has. Not all cities are in this position.” 

Mayor Distler added, “With Vicki's departure, Nolan has big shoes to fill. He will however have a uniquely positive opportunity. As a City, we are lucky to promote him from within the organization, bringing with him both new ideas and a sense of continuity.”

Sunderman will begin serving as City Manager in early July. 

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