County Administrator's Office

Location: County Administrator: Hours: Contact:
City Hall
701 N 7th St, Suite 945
Kansas City, KS
66101
Doug Bach Monday - Friday
8:00AM - 5:00PM
P: (913) 573-5030 F: (913) 573-5540 E: Email

Assistant County Administrators




Gordon Criswell

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Gordon Criswell was appointed Assistant County Administrator for the Unified Government of Wyandotte County, Kansas City, KS in February of 2007. His direct reports consist of the following departments:
 
He has (30+) years of progressively increasing responsibility in state and local government management and administration in addition to spending (15) years in the Non-Profit arena as a licensed Clinical Social Worker.
 
Education
BAA: University of Arkansas at Fayetteville:  Cultural Anthropology & Sociology
MA: Kansas University:  Social Welfare & Public Administration
NFBPA Mentor/Protege Program in 1990
Kansas Governor's Fellowship in Public Administration
Community Leadership Initiative Training through the Kansas Health Foundation


He currently serves on the board of directors of several organizations including the local Kansas/Missouri Chapter of NFBPA, United Way of Wyandotte County, and the Bethel Neighborhood Center. His civic interests include leadership development, the arts and access to primarily health care services. Gordon is married with one adult child. In his spare time, he enjoys listening to Jazz, reading, and fly fishing. 
Melissa Sieben

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Melissa Sieben joined the Unified Government’s County Administration team in 2015. She brings (18) years of municipal experience. Sieben is responsible for providing direct oversight of County and City departments such as:
 

Sieben has acquired a great deal of experience during her career in public service. Before her appointment to the position of County Administrator, she worked for the City of Ames, Iowa as the Assistant City Manager from June 2012 - March 2015. She worked directly with Human Resources, Finance, Parks and Recreation, Fleet and Facilities, Transit (CyRide), Library, and the City Attorney.  She also played a direct role in the executive management of the City’s Excellence Through People initiative that emphasized exceptional customer service and an enjoying and stimulating work environment.  Sieben who is a native of Ames, Iowa was privileged to co-chair Ames 150th birthday in 2014 during her time in Ames. Her major assignment as Co-Chair was coordinating the Events Committee for Ames’ historic free community festival that was the main event denoting the Sesquicentennial of Ames.  She also worked with the Main Street Cultural District, Campustown Action Association, Ames Chamber of Commerce and Ames Convention and Visitors Bureau to enhance collaboration on a variety of community projects and initiatives.

Sieben has also worked in Illinois and Kansas. She worked for the City of Gardner, KS as the Assistant City Administrator, as well as Interim City Administrator during her (9) year tenure.  She was responsible for many aspects of the daily operations, including the budget and city wide communications. She worked closely with City departments to improve service, through implementation of a performance measurement system and focused on process improvements and efficiencies in operations of the organization. She recommended changes in personnel, policies and procedures, budget prioritizations as well as technology enhancements.

She is knowledgeable of every aspect of the services and programs that are provided through the departments and divisions in municipal government.  She enjoys engaging employees in process improvement and innovation in delivery of local government services.

Education
MA: University of Kansas:  Public Administration - Local Government Management

She is a credentialed manager through the International City/County Management Association (ICMA), and the president of the Downtown Kansas City, KS, Rotary Club. Melissa was also privileged to be elected and served on the ICMA Executive Board of Directors.  She has also served on multiple task forces for ICMA; including the Task Force on Women in the Profession and the Task Force on Strengthening Inclusiveness.  Melissa is also involved in a variety of ways with the Iowa State Alumni Association of Kansas City, having served as president and event coordinator.


P:  (913) 573-8951
F:  (913) 573-5160
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Alan Howze is advancing innovation and operational improvement as Assistant County Administrator and Chief Knowledge Officer of the Unified Government of Kansas City, Kansas and Wyandotte County.  Alan leads a department of 50 with a budget of $6.5 million across four divisions.  He also has oversight responsibility for several other departments, including: 
 
Alan is a member of the senior executive team and is involved in the developoment and execution of the annual operating and capital budgets, and policy deliberations.

In his role, he focuses his team on delivering high-quality digital services and building a modern technology infrastructure, including: a new fiber network; mobile app for payments, resident requests, and vehicle renewals; cloud-first infrastructure and applications; enterprise-wide geospatial analytics; and a team to provide project management.

Before joining the Unified Government in 2016, Alan was a Fellow with the IBM Center for the Business of Government.  Earlier in his career, he worked for the US Congress and served as Political Director for Governor (now Senator) Mark Warner of Virginia. Alan studied Economics and Anthropology at James Madison University and received an MBA from the University of Virginia's Darden School of Business.


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Emerick Cross is a lifelong resident of Wyandotte County/Kansas City, Kansas.  He was appointed Assistant County Administrator in May of 2019.  Cross has over 26 years of experience with the Unified Government.

His direct reports consist of the following departments:

Cross has held several positions in his tenure with the Unified Government.  He began as a Health Inspector with the Public Health Department in Environmental Health Services and was promoted to a Division Head.  Following his service with the Public Health Department, he was selected and served as the Public Information Officer for the UG.  He then went to work in Economic Development as a Special Projects Manager.  After his time in the Economic Development Department, he was promoted to Director of Parking Control and Transportation.  Here, he managed two budgets in excess of $7 million and had managerial responsibility of 81 employees.   He recently served as the Commission Liaison for the past five years.

Education
BA: Communication Studies, University of Kansas
MPA:  Public Administration, University of Kansas
Master of Business Administration Essentials (Mini MBA): University of Kansas
Registered Environmental Health Specialist with the National Environmental Health Association
 
Cross has held several board positions at the State and local levels throughout his career.  He was appointed by the Governor and currently serves as a State Commissioner on the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks, and Tourism.  He has served on the Wyandotte County Mental Health Association’s Board, the Mid-America Transportation Board, as well as President of the Metro Group:  Greater Kansas City Area Health Regulators Association and President of the Mo-Kan Indoor Environmental Air Quality Coalition.