Northeast Johnson County morning roundup

Mission_City_HallMission accepting applications to fill Steven Lucas vacancy. The City of Mission is now accepting applications for residents interested in being considered to fill the remaining three years of Ward 1 councilor Steven Lucas’s term. Lucas announced last week that he was stepping down from his seat and moving to St. Louis to take a new job. Interested Ward 1 residents must submit a cover letter and resume to Mayor Steve Schowengerdt by Thursday, Jan. 15.

Former Mission City Administrator now working for Merriam. Gerry Vernon, who resigned from his role at Mission City Administrator in September, is now working at the Capital Improvements Director in Merriam. Vernon had replaced Mike Scalon, who left the Mission job after ten years to take a position with the city of Basalt, Colo., in June 2013, but resigned abruptly a few months after new Mission Mayor Steve Schowengerdt took office.

Kansas loses 4,100 jobs in November. After gaining an unexpectedly high number of jobs in October, Kansas in November actually lost jobs. The Department of Labor report out late last week showed that between October and November, Kansas lost 4,100 nonfarm jobs. In October, the state picked up 8,400 jobs — more than had been gained in the previous nine months combined. But with November’s job losses, the state has gained 7,500 jobs total over the past 12 months. Kansas has had a 1 percent jobs growth rate in 2014. Missouri has had a growth rate of 1.6 percent. Kansas monthly jobs report gives mixed signals — Topeka Capital Journal]