Fairway City Administrator Kate Gunja moving to Prairie Village Assistant City Administrator post

Kate Gunja thanked the Prairie Village City Council after her confirmation as Assistant City Administrator Monday.
Kate Gunja thanked the Prairie Village City Council after her confirmation as Assistant City Administrator Monday.

The city of Prairie Village has a new assistant city administrator — and as a result, Fairway is looking for someone to fill its top administrative post.

The Prairie Village City Council on Monday confirmed Kate Gunja, who had served as Fairway’s City Administrator since June 2008, to fill the seat left vacant by the departure of Dennis Enslinger in September.

Gunja’s move from Fairway, with a population of approximately 3,800, to Prairie Village, with a population of around 22,000, represents an opportunity to serve a constituency closer in size to that of the city where she began her city management career. Gunja worked for the Dallas suburb of University Park, Tex., with a population of around 24,000.

Gunja’s last day with Fairway will be Dec. 12. As Prairie Village’s Assistant City Admininstrator, she will be dealing largely with buildings and code enforcement — “A lot of areas I’m familiar with working in Fairway,” she said.

Originally from Kansas City, Kan., Gunja received both her bachelor’s degree and Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Kansas.