Roeland Park to hold public reception for departing mayor, council members

Roeland Park will hold a public farewell reception for its outgoing officials Monday night before a new group, elected last week, takes over.

The reception at 7 p.m. at city hall will honor departing mayor Adrienne Foster and council members Betsy Mellor, Mark Kohles and Bill Art. Foster served four years as mayor and four years on the council. Kohles served 12 years on the council, Art eight years and Mellor four years.

The public oath of office ceremony for newly elected mayor Joel Marquardt and councilors Sheri McNeil, Mel Croston, Teresa Kelly and re-elected councilor Robert Meyers will take place the same night. The new members will be sworn in at the city council chambers on the third floor, also at approximately 7 p.m.