Do you have the desire to lead your community?


If you are interested in running for Garnett City Commissioner, please note the following requirements:

  • Must be a resident of Garnett, Kansas.
  • Must be a registered voter.
  • FILING DEADLINE FOR 2022 IS JUNE 1, 2022. The next opportunity to file with the office of the County Clerk at Anderson County Courthouse, 100 E. Fourth Avenue is by noon on June 1, 2022.  Please call 785.448.6841 for questions.
  • Pay a filing fee of $20.


INTERESTED IN SERVING?  The City of Garnett Commission meets the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month at 6:00 p.m. Additionally, special meetings, as well as joint city/county meetings, are held throughout the year at times and dates to be determined. City commissioners are required to attend all meetings as necessary to carry out the business of the city.  The current salary for serving as a Garnett City Commissioner is $450 per month.  The mayor receives $500 per month.


​The position up for election in 2022 is currently held by Greg A. Gwin, Commissioner.

NEXT ELECTION:  Elections will be held on Tuesday, November 8, 2022, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.


For more information please contact Garnett City Hall, 785-448-5496.

  During the December 28, 2021 City Commission Meeting, the Commission unanimously voted to appoint Jason Sheahan to fulfill the term left by the untimely passing of Commissioner Cody Gettler.  Mr. Sheahan was one of ten (10) individuals submitting their name and Statement of Interest indicating their desire in representing the citizens of Garnett. Mr. Sheahan will be formally sworn in during the regular City Commission Meeting scheduled for January 11, 2022.

  An article in the Winter '22 issue of Town Talk (page 9) shares information about Commissioner Sheahan.

  The City of Garnett would like to thank Mike Barnes, Jan Elsasser, Eugene Grimes, Mark Locke, Mackayla Martin, Michael Norman, Mark Powls, Paula Scott and Nathan Wiehl for submitting their names and Statements of Interest for consideration in serving the community as a commissioner. The City Commission encourages these individuals and others within Garnett to run for City Commission in an upcoming election.
  Information about the next city commission election, commission responsibilities and requirements, pay and other questions can be answered by visiting the bottom of this page.  

  If you have questions, please contact Travis Wilson, City Manager, 785.448.5496 Option 9.

Hayden Newton

Student Body Representative

​2021-2022​

Email: Representative Newton

Garnett has a City Commission / City Manager form of government.  While the commission governs the city, the city manager oversees the daily operations of all departments.  The commission consists of three members, a mayor and two commissioners.  

JOIN US: City Commission Meetings are held at 6:00 pm on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month at Garnett City Hall, 131 West 5th Avenue, Garnett, Kansas, unless otherwise stated. 

Commissioner - Jason Sheahan 

 Appointed January 2022 

Current term expires: 01/01/2024

Email: Commissioner Sheahan

Mayor, Jody Cole

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 14, 2021: The City Commission unanimously approved Resolution 2021-12 selecting and appointing Travis Wilson, City Clerk as the new full time City Manager.
  City staff and employees congratulate Mr. Wilson on his appointment as City Manager.
  Travis Wilson was born and raised here in Garnett. He has remained a city resident his whole life, even when attending college. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Ottawa University.
  Travis will tell you his working career began in 1998 at age 15, his first job working for Jason Sjorlund at the Garnett Sonic Drive-In. He continued his employment at the Sonic through college. He has worked for Wal-Mart Distribution Center in Ottawa, Wolf Creek Nuclear Operating Corporation, Burlington, Flint Hills Community Health Center in Emporia and Kalmar in Ottawa.
  On August 13, 2018, Travis began his career with the City of Garnett, accepting the position of Municipal Court Clerk, as long-standing court clerk, Colette McDonnell was retiring. While holding that position he was promoted to Interim City Clerk/Finance Director in March 2019. He held both Municipal Court Clerk and City Clerk positions until June of 2020, when Director of Human Resources was added to his position. He relinquished his Municipal Court duties to Payroll Clerk/Deputy City Clerk/City Treasurer – now Municipal Court Clerk, Nancy Hermreck.
  In June of 2021, he was promoted to Interim City Manager when former City Manager, Chris Weiner, resigned his position. Travis managed his role as City Clerk and Human Resources Director while also Interim City Manager.
  The Garnett City Commission approved Resolution 2021-12 on Tuesday, December 14, 2021. This resolution confirms the appointment of Travis Wilson as the new, full-time City Manager for the City of Garnett, Kansas.
  Unrelated to his city functions, Travis also holds the title of Treasurer for USD 365.
  When asked why he wants to be city manager, Travis’ response is, “The main reason I wanted to be city manager is I want to serve the community I grew up in. It has been good to me. The least I can do is give back and try to make a difference.”

  Please watch for the Winter '22 issue of Town Talk to arrive in your mailbox (or on this website) for a complete article about City Manager Travis Wilson.

Jason Sheahan Selected as

New City Commissioner

Mayor - Jody M. Cole

Appointed February, 2016

Current term expires: 01/01/2025

Email: Commissioner Cole

Meet Your Commission

PUBLIC SERVICE...is one of the greatest ways you can give back to your community. Annually, there is one (1) city commission position to be filled through the election process. Please click on the image above for your copy of the Guide for City Candidates. Copies are also available at Garnett City Hall.

Mayor Pro Tempore - Greg A. Gwin

Elected April, 2007 

Current term expires: 01/01/2023

Email: Commissioner Gwin

Simply...Garnett, Kansas

Garnett City Commission Meeting - Tuesday, January 25, 2022  6:00 pm- Garnett City Commission Chambers 
Documents                 Join the Meeting Online         

Garnett City Commission Meeting - Tuesday, February 8, 2022  6:00 pm- Garnett City Commission Chambers
Documents                 Join the Meeting Online​

And the New Garnett City Manager is... Travis Wilson

Upcoming Meetings