History of Mayors

Mayors of Kansas City, KS

Kansas City, KS was incorporated in 1886 and for (73) years was governed by a (3) member elected Board of Commissioners. In August of 1982, the city held and election and voters approved a change in the form of city government. Under the Charter Ordinance No. 84 the city changed to a (7) member, Mayor-Council-Administrator form of government in April, 1983.

In 1997, voters unanimously approved to consolidate the city and county governments into one jurisdiction. Over the past (123) years, (31) mayors have held this position. Kansas City, KS’ first mayor was elected in 1859.

Tyrone Garner is the current Mayor and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Wyandotte County and Kansas City KS. He was elected in 2021, and is the 31st mayor of KCK and the 5th Mayor/CEO elected under the Unified Government of Wyandotte County/Kansas City, KS.

Mayor Term
Tyrone Garner 2021-Present
David Alvey 2017-2021
Mark Holland 2013-2017
Joe Reardon 2005-2013
Carol Marinovich 1995-2005
Joe Steineger, Jr. 1987-1995
Jack Reardon 1975-1987
Richard F. Walsh 1971-1975
Joseph H. McDowell 1964-1971
Paul F. Mitchum 1955-1964
Clark E. Tucker 1947-1955
Don C. McCombs 1927-1947
Jabez O. Emerson 1926-1927
William W. Gordon 1923-1926
H.B. Burton 1921-1923
Harry A. Mendenhall 1917-1921
C.W. Green 1913-1917
James E. Porter 1910-1913
Ulysses S. Guyer 1909-1910
Dudley E. Cornell 1907-1908
Dr. George M. Gray 1906-1907
William W. Rose 1905-1906
Thomas B. Gilbert 1903-1904
William H. Craddock 1901-1902
Robert L. Marshman 1897-1900
George J. Twiss 1895-1896
Nathaniel Barnes 1893-1894
Thomas F. Hannan 1891-1892
William Allen Coy 1889-1890
Thomas F. Hannan 1886-1888
James R. Parr 1859-1866