Eric Wade, City Administrator
The Lenexa City Administrator is responsible for implementing the policies of the Governing Body, submitting a budget to the Governing Body, and directing and coordinating the city’s departments.
Eric Wade was appointed to this position in June 2004. Eric had 20 years of public service to local government in the Kansas City region before his appointment as the city administrator. Eric served as deputy county manager in Johnson County, Kansas from 2000 to June 2004. Prior to serving as Johnson County Deputy County Manager, Eric served twelve years as the city administrator in Merriam, Kansas. Eric also served as the assistant city administrator with the city of Blue Springs, Missouri, and a budget analyst with the city of Kansas City, Missouri. He is a member of the International City/County Management Association and the American Society of Public Administration. Eric has a bachelor’s degree in political science and master’s degree in public affairs from Park College in Parkville, Missouri.
Leslee Rivarola, Assistant City Administrator
Leslee Rivarola is responsible for the supervision of municipal court and the communications division, as well as a variety of research and project management assignments.
Leslee was hired in May 2011 following six years of service in Mission, Kan. She began her service as a code enforcement officer and was given progressively greater responsibility as she was promoted to the positions of neighborhood services coordinator, neighborhood services director, interim director of infrastructure/neighborhood services director and public works director. She also has worked for the cities of Kansas City, Mo., and Olathe, Kan.
Leslee earned her Master of Public Administration from the University of Kansas and her Bachelor of Science degree in criminal justice administration from Park University.
Todd Pelham, Assistant City Administrator
As the Lenexa Civic Center project becomes a reality, Todd Pelham serves as an Assistant City Administrator to help keep the project on track.
Pelham serves as the city’s project manager for the Civic Center. In this capacity, Pelham works closely with staff as this important project becomes a reality. In addition, Pelham’s duties include working closely with the Lenexa Chamber of Commerce to promote economic development in Lenexa and assisting in developing short and long-term economic development plans for the city.
Previously, he worked for the City of Blue Springs, Mo., where he served as the Deputy City Administrator in charge of economic development. Prior to that, he worked for the Johnson County Manager’s Office and the Small Business Administration in the Office of Economic Research in Washington, D.C.