A message from Mayor Julie Sayers

A message from Mayor Julie Sayers
Posted on 01/02/2024
Mayor Julie Sayers

Hello Lenexa!

My name is Julie Sayers, and I have the true honor of succeeding Mike Boehm as the next mayor of our great city. My service to you in this role is the continuation of my experience on the City Council, where I have represented Ward 4 since 2019. 

My path to public service comes from the foundation of a career in the design and construction industry, where I have practiced as an interior designer and now as an owner and principal of a commercial furniture dealership called encompas. Having had the privilege to serve as a council member, I am confident in the continuation of our responsible community development strategy as our city continues to grow. As a designer, I know that we also must continue to reinvest in our historical neighborhoods and infrastructure so that all parts of Lenexa remain healthy, beautiful and connected.

I grew up in Topeka and attended the University of Kansas, where I obtained my bachelor’s degree in interior design. After college I practiced interior design at AECOM (formerly Ellerbe Becket), one of Kansas City’s firms that specializes in NBA, NFL and collegiate sports facilities. These massive, complex projects provided the foundation for my career and helped me fully understand the impact of the built environment, management of budget and schedule, and coordination with multidisciplinary teams — all of which have been tremendously useful in my time on our Governing Body. 

As a little girl, I often visited Lenexa with my grandparents, who owned a graphic design and printing company near Old Town called Colanco Color. When my husband, Scott, and I were looking to purchase a home in 2014, my memories of the area certainly made it feel like home and led us to choose our house in the Oak Park area. Since then, we have come to love Lenexa’s many festivals and events, can often be found enjoying an IPA at Limitless Brewing, or walking the city’s beautiful trails with our dogs Pete and Lucy. We also love our U.S. National Parks and spend our precious vacation time trying to visit as many as we can each year, with the goal of visiting all 63.

Having navigated the first year as a new owner of my business, I know that change can come with both challenges and opportunities. This is the first time our city has had a new mayor in more than 20 years. Ensuring a smooth transition in City leadership, maintaining our world-class professional staff, and continuing to build relationships are my top priorities as I take over in this role. Lenexans consistently provide feedback via our resident surveys that they receive exceptional value in the services provided by the City. We have amazing parks, signature festivals, well-maintained roads, and the highest caliber public safety departments. With our team on the City Council, we will continue to pursue and prioritize programs and services — from swimming pools to snow removal — that make everyday life better for residents. It is our responsibility to be good stewards of the tax dollars entrusted to us, and it is my goal to make sure residents continue to see an exceptional quality of life. 

My name and face may be new to many, but the path I walk is the same as Lenexa’s has always been: doing the right things, for the right reasons, and in the right way. I look forward to building upon our success and the collective bright future we have ahead. 

With my profound gratitude, 
Mayor Julie Sayers

Published Jan. 2, 2024