Simply...Garnett, Kansas

Mayor - Jody Cole

Appointed February, 2016

Current term expires: 01/01/2022

Email: Mayor Cole

Commissioner - Brigitte Brecheisen-Huss  -  Elected November 2017 

Current term expires: 01/01/2021

Email: Commissioner Brecheisen-Huss

Meet Your Commission

Mayor Cole Retains Commission Seat

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.
  • File with the office of the County Clerk at Anderson County Courthouse, 100 E. Fourth Avenue by noon on June 1.
  • Pay a filing fee of $20.


ABOUT THE POSITION:  The City of Garnett has a three member commission that 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 2019 is currently held by Commissioner Greg Gwin. Deadline to file is 12:00 p.m. (noon) on June__, 2018.  Elections will be held on Tuesday, November 5, 2019, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

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

According to the unofficial election results of Tuesday, November 6, 2018, Incumbent City Mayor Jody Cole received 664 votes to Mr. Mark Powls' 351 votes.

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On November 6th, the registered voters of Garnett will be asked on their ballot, "Should the City Commission of the City of Garnett, Kansas, be increased in size to a Five (5) member commission (Vote Yes or No)".  The current three-member commission is seeking input via the general election to give them direction on this decision. 
  The City of Garnett asks, before going to the polls on November 6th, city residents take time to consider the future structure of their Governing Body.
  Noted ideas in support of increasing the number of individuals on the City Commission include:

  • Increased representation of citizens.
  • Greater opportunity for diversity, skill sets, and knowledge.
  • Additional representation may enhance analysis and deliberation on key issues in the community.
  • More yes votes are required to make and change regulations and laws (3 instead of 2).
  • Ability to conduct business in absence of a member(s); more easily reaching a quorum.
  • Garnett would be more in line with other cities in Kansas, as most have a larger Governing Body. 


  Noted ideas in opposition of moving to a five-member commission:

  • Increased annual costs – estimated $10,800 - $14,300.
  • Ability to fill additional commission seats with citizens willing to make the commitment to serve in this capacity.  In the event there are insufficient candidates a commissioner may be selected via write-in vote.
  • Larger commission may increase the time it takes to discuss and make decisions.
  • Two Commissioners may discuss City business without public knowledge.


  The current salary of a Garnett City Commission is $450 per month for a commissioner and $500 per month for the mayor. (The estimated cost above is based on the 2018 budget, which includes the monthly salary along with costs associated for travel to training, meetings and conferences.  These costs are subject to change if the commission decides to modify their salary.) The mayor is appointed annually by majority vote of the Commission.  Commissioners are required to attend city commission meetings as necessary to conduct the business of the city.
    On November 6th, voters will also elect the commission candidate of their choice between incumbent Jody Marie Cole and challenger Mark A. Powls.
   For information about the results of the general election, please visit "Election Results" at www.andersoncountyks.org.

Election talley says voters favor increasing  commission from 3 members to 5 members...

YES Votes - 566           NO Votes - 516

The above are from the unofficial results of the Tuesday, November 6 election.

Commissioner - Greg A. Gwin

Elected April, 2007 

Current term expires: 01/01/2020

Email: Commissioner Gwin

Are You in Favor of a

Bigger City Commission?

Mayor Jody Cole invites you to bring non-perishable food and paper products to City Hall and drop in the donation box. These donations will be accepted through December 20th. Items will be given to the local Ministerial Alliance/ECKAN food pantry.

Mayor Cole Launches "Caring is Sharing"

Next Election

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.  Current City Commission consists of Mayor Jody Cole, Commissioner Brigitte Brecheisen-Huss and Commissioner Greg A. Gwin.  Current ACHS Youth in Government Representative is Will Mechnig.  City staff include Christopher Weiner, City Manager, Nancy Hermreck, Interim City Clerk, and Terry J. Solander, City Attorney.

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.

Commission meeting agendas, minutes, supporting documents and audio.