Merriam City Administrator Phil Lammers retiring from job at end of summer

Phil Lammers
Phil Lammers

Phil Lammers, Merriam City Administrator since 2008, has submitted his resignation.

Lammers has worked in city government for more than 35 years. He has been a city administrator in Cameron and Albany, Mo. He also was a program manager for the city government in Kansas City, Kan.

The Merriam City Council Monday approved Lammers’ resignation and the terms of his retirement. While his last date for employment is Oct. 1, he will actually only be at work until Aug. 31. Using accumulated vacation and unused sick leave allowed for retirees will finish out his contract.

Lammers was on vacation and not present at the Monday city council meeting. The council had met in executive session two weeks ago to consider the terms of Lammers retirement and the use of the vacation and sick leave.

Mayor Ken Sissom said Lammers is the only full-time contract employee in the city.

Lammers has a master’s in public administration from UMKC and a bachelor’s in sociology from the University of Missouri at Columbia. He also has a certificate from the Economic Development Institute at the University of Oklahoma. He has been active in city management and municipal associations and has chaired the board of directors for a regional hospital during his career.

“Thank you for your confidence and the opportunity to serve the city. It has been an honor and privilege. It is truly the best job I have ever had,” Lammers wrote in his letter to the mayor and city council.

Chris Engel is the assistant city administrator in Merriam, joining the city in 2013 after serving as assistant to the city administrator in Prairie Village.