Honoring 35 years of Public Service

Honoring 35 years of Public Service
Posted on 04/15/2019
City Manager Eric Wade

Lenexa City Manager Eric Wade can celebrate a long and distinguished career in local government when he retires in June.

At the time of his retirement, Wade will have completed a 15-year tenure with the city, having been appointed in June of 2004. He is only the third person to hold the position.

Wade’s career in public service has spanned 35 years. Prior coming to Lenexa, he served the public as deputy county manager in Johnson County, Kansas; city administrator in Merriam, Kansas; assistant city administrator with the City of Blue Springs, Missouri and a budget analyst with the City of Kansas City, Missouri.

He has a bachelor’s degree in political science and master’s degree in public affairs from Park University in Parkville, Missouri.

As city manager, Wade implements the policies of the City Council, submits a budget to the City Council and directs and coordinates the city’s departments.

Under Wade’s leadership, the City of Lenexa has:

  • Attained AAA bond rating status from Moody’s and Standard and Poor’s, indicating strong financial management.

  • Opened a new City Hall and Rec Center, upgraded the Municipal Services Service Center and Parks Service Center and built two new fire stations.

  • Implemented Vision 2020, which included development of the nationally recognized Rain to Recreation Program and significant progress on Lenexa City Center.

  • Made major investments in the city’s parks and transportation infrastructure, including the interchanges at I-35 and 87th Street and I-35 and 95th Street, completion of Prairie Star Parkway, the current construction of Ridgeview Road from K-10 to Prairie Star Parkway, the development of Black Hoof Park and the renovation of Sar-Ko-Par Trails Park.

  • Utilized a new 3/8-cent sales tax to provide better street maintenance and reinvestment in all city parks.

  • Achieved record levels of private development, in part due to the establishment of sophisticated economic development policies and practices, as well as successful revitalization.

  • Earned accreditation and/or reaccreditation of the Municipal Services and Fire departments.

  • Provided the highest-rated city services and gained recognition both regionally and nationally for the quality of community and the work of Lenexa employees.

  • Established and continuously improved innovative employee compensation, benefit and retirement programs, which allow Lenexa to compete for the best and brightest employees.

Employees now determine the city’s values and recognize those values through an annual awards luncheon.

“I cannot say enough about the quality and commitment of both the elected and professional people who serve Lenexa,” Wade said. “None of the achievements listed above would have happened without extraordinary teamwork and an unwavering dedication to public service.”

“Eric has had a tremendous impact on the organization as a visionary leader and public servant,” said Mayor Mike Boehm. “He has always been one to put the organization and community first.”

Wade announced his intent to retire in August 2018 to allow ample time to select and train a successor. A national search was held to fill the city manager position. The Governing Body’s selection will be announced soon.

Published April 15, 2019