Overland Park operates through the Mayor-Council-City Manager form of government, with the mayor and 12 council members forming the governing body for the municipality. The city is divided into six districts, each of which elects two council members who serve four-year terms with staggered elections. The mayor is elected by the general populace and also serves a four-year term in office. In April 2005 the city of Overland Park elected its first new mayor in 24 years. The governing body hires a city manager to effect established policies and to oversee the daily operations of the city.
Head Official: Carl R. Gerlach (R) (since April 2005; current term expires 2009)
Total Number of City Employees: 1,000 (2005)
City Information: City of Overland Park, 8500 Santa Fe Drive, Overland Park, KS 66212; telephone (913)895-6000