Administration

Diane Stoddard, City Administrator

Diane Stoddard, City AdministratorDiane was appointed the Leawood City Administrator in January 2023. Under the Mayor and City Council’s direction, she assists in managing all City affairs, coordinating and supervising daily operations to ensure the City’s priorities and actions align with City Council’s vision and goals. Diane has nearly thirty years of municipal management experience serving five cities in Kansas. She previously worked as Assistant City Manager for the City of Lawrence, Kansas from October 2007 through January 2023, including serving as Interim City Manager from late May 2015 through late March 2016. Previously, Diane served as Deputy City Manager in Manhattan, Kansas. Diane has also worked for the cities of Ottawa and Lenexa in Kansas. She is a lifelong Kansan and received her Master’s in Public Administration and undergraduate degrees from the University of Kansas. Her husband Brian is a high school history teacher and they have two sons. Diane served as President of the Kansas Association of City/County Management in 2015. She served as Vice President for the Mountain Plains Region of the International City-County Management Association from September 2020 to September 2023.

The City Attorney's office provides legal advice and counsel to the Governing Body, City Administrator, City departments, City committees, boards and commissions. The office drafts and reviews ordinances, resolutions, contracts and other legal documents and provides assistance, as necessary, with legislative matters. The staff is responsible for issuing advisory opinions and for processing claims against the City and its officers and employees. The staff is also responsible for prosecuting claims in municipal court and appeals from municipal court decisions.  The City Attorney:

  • Is the legal advisor to the Mayor, the Council and the City Administrator.
  • Directs and is responsible for all of the activities of the Legal Department.
  • Plans the goals and objectives of the department and prepares the annual budget needed to accomplish those goals.
  • Supervises the work of the attorneys in the department.

In addition to a full time City Attorney, the office is staffed with two other assistant city attorneys who provide assistance and advice to other City Departments and who are responsible for prosecuting municipal court matters and appeals.

The attorneys in the Legal Department advise and represent the City of Leawood. They cannot provide legal advice to citizens or businesses.

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The City Clerk's Office is responsible for:

  • Preparing all City Council Agendas and packet material.
  • Maintaining all City records, proceedings and ordinances.
  • Provides information pertaining to City Council proceedings to general public and other City Departments.
  • Issuing cereal malt beverage, drinking establishment and liquor store licenses.

Hours of Operation:

The Leawood City Hall is located at 4800 Town Center Drive, Leawood, Kansas 66211, and is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., except certain holidays. The main phone number is (913) 339-6700. Click here for driving directions to City Hall.

General Information:

The City became a First Class City on December 31, 1998. The current population of the City of Leawood is 34,579. The City of Leawood operates under a Mayor-Council form of government. The City is served by a Mayor and eight [8] Councilmembers, which makes up the 'Governing Body.' The City is divided into four [4] Council wards. There are two [2] Councilmembers in each ward who serve staggered terms. Elected Officials, including the Mayor, serve for four [4] year terms.

Filing Forms/Fees:

Potential candidates who are interested in filing are to contact the Johnson County Election Office at (913) 782-3441, or www.jocoelection.org. All candidates must pay report fees, filing fees or file a nomination petition, appoint treasurers and file periodic campaign finance reports.

Kansas Open Records Act

The Kansas Open Record Act [KORA] controls what documents are available for public access. With the exception of specific records listed in the Kansas Open Records Act, [K.S.A. § 45-215 et seq.] all records maintained by the City, must be open for inspection by the public. To facilitate this process, the City has appointed the City Clerk as the local Freedom of Information Officer (FIO) for Leawood. If you would like to inspect or receive a copy of a record, you will be asked to submit your request for information in writing on a form provided by the City. Make your request as specific as possible to ensure your request can be processed in a timely fashion.

Most record requests will be produced within three [3] business days from the time the request is received. A fee will be assessed for providing access to or furnishing copies of these public records. This fee may be requested in advance. If the request is denied, you may ask for a written explanation for the denial.

Records that may not be subject to the Open Records Act include:

  • Personnel information of public employees;
  • Medical treatment records;
  • Records which are protected by the attorney/client privilege or the rules of evidence;
  • Records containing personal information compiled for census purposes;
  • Notes and preliminary drafts;
  • Criminal investigation records; and
  • Several other specific records.

Please refer to K.S.A. § 45-221, for a complete listing of the exemptions.

Filing Forms/Fee:

Request may be emailed to CityClerk@Leawood.org or mailed to 4800 Town Center Drive, Leawood, KS 66211.

Checks should be made payable to the City of Leawood and mailed to the Attention of the City Clerk at 4800 Town Center Drive, Leawood, KS 66211.

Related Forms:

Voter Registration

To register to vote you must be:

  • A U.S. Citizen
  • A resident of Kansas
  • Eighteen before the next statewide general election

Johnson County Voter registration applications are available at any City Hall, any Johnson County Library, or you may print from the Johnson County Election Office's website and complete all information. Applications must contain an original signature and cannot be faxed. Mail your application to the Johnson County Election Office, 2101 E. Kansas City Road, Olathe, KS 66061.

If you change your name or address or wish to change your party affiliation, you are required to update your voter registration. This application must be postmarked no later than the 15th day prior to any election. You may register to vote at any time, however, registration closes 21 days prior to an election day.

Advance Voting by mail begins 20 days prior to every election. To vote by mail, complete an Application for an Advance Voting Ballot and fax to 913-791-8931 or mail to the Johnson County Election Office, 2101 E. Kansas City Road, Olathe, KS 66061. Applications are also available at public libraries and city halls. Ballots cannot be faxed.

Effective technology expands our ability to clearly direct resources, communicate, make informed decisions, implement them, and free ourselves to think of new ways to address issues. Our role is to provide stable, secure systems and technology that allow our workforce to be productive and fluid to the business of the day, to allow our Citizens access to information and opportunities at their convenience, and to aid with public safety, health, & welfare.

We must be ever mindful of financial considerations, have a thorough understanding of technologies and our needs, and determine the most prudent course of action to help achieve the goals of our Governing Body.

Responsibilities for our department include but are not limited to the following:

  • Network Administration
  • Hardware & Software
  • Security
  • Voice & Data Systems
  • Video & Sound Systems

Technology Policy

The Technology Policy for the City of Leawood exists to ensure the proper use of the City of Leawood’s technology. This policy intends to encourage each and every Leawood employee to use our technology to its fullest in a manner that is consistent with our city’s mission. This policy intends to discourage and eliminate inappropriate use of our technology.

Contact Information

City Administrator

Leawood City Hall
4800 Town Center Drive
Leawood, KS 66211
Phone: (913) 339-6700

City Attorney

Leawood Justice Center
4205 Town Center Drive
Leawood, KS 66211

City Clerk

Leawood City Hall
4800 Town Center Drive
1st Floor - East
Leawood, KS 66211
Phone: (913) 663-9103
Fax: (913) 339-6781

Communications

Leawood City Hall
4800 Town Center Drive
Leawood, KS 66211
Phone: (913) 663-9116
Email: citycommunications@leawood.org

Information Services

Leawood Justice Center
4205 Town Center Drive
Leawood, KS 66211
Email: is@leawood.org