The City of Bonner Springs operates under a Mayor-Council / Manager form of government. The nine-member City Council appoints the City Manager. The Council operates as the legislative branch of the City and provides policy direction to the City Manager, while the City Manager is responsible for the administration of the City departments. This system of local government combines the strong political leadership of elected officials with the managerial experience and expertise of a professional city manager.
Responsibilities / Duties
The City Manager is appointed by the City Council and acts as the chief executive and administrative officer of the city. He provides reports and recommendations and assists the City Council in identifying and developing the policy agenda and has the responsibility to see that the council's policies and procedures, as well as the laws and regulations of the city, are administered effectively, efficiently, and equitably.
The City Manager's Office also oversees Economic Development and Human Resources.
Meet the City Manager
The Bonner Springs City Council unanimously appointed Sean Pederson as Bonner Springs City Manager in October, 2015. As the Chief Executive Officer of the City, he is responsible for the City’s $22+ Million annual budget, oversees the City's $18+ Million 5-year CIP program, and provides oversight of all City Departments and employees.
Mr. Pederson received a Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree with a concentration in Local Government from the University of South Dakota and a Bachelor Degree with a major in Political Science from the University of Kansas. He received the Credentialed Manager (ICMA-CM) designation from the International City/County Management Association (ICMA). Additionally, he received the SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP) certification from the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).
He has completed multiple executive programs including the University of Virginia's Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service Senior Executive Institute, the University of Oklahoma's Economic Development Institute, and the University of Kansas Public Management Center's Certified Public Manager Program (CPM). Mr. Pederson has also completed leadership training through the ICMA Gettysburg Leadership Institute, ICMA Williamsburg Leadership Institute, and the Leadership ICMA (Class of 2017).
He is currently a member of the Kansas Association of City and County Managers (KACM), the International City Management Association (ICMA), and the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). He has served on various committees including the ICMA Performance Management Advisory Committee, Mid-America Regional Council (MARC) Surface Transportation Planning (STP) Committee, Providence Medical Center Community Advisory Board, ICMA Conference Planning Committee, and ICMA Conference Evaluation Committee.