John Skubal steps down from Overland Park council, city to appoint replacement within 30 days

John Skubal on election night last November.
John Skubal celebrating in Prairie Village on election night last November.

John Skubal, a ten-year veteran of the governing body, has resigned his seat on the Overland Park city council. The city will appoint a replacement in the next 30 days.

Skubal had represented the city’s fifth Ward, which runs along its eastern edge south from I-435 down to 151st Street, since 2007. Last year, he made his first foray into state politics, running for District 11 senate seat. He defeated incumbent Republican Jeff Melcher in the primary and Democrat Skip Fannen in the general election. In addition to now serving in the Senate, Skubal works full time for Kaw Valley Engineering.

Skubal said the demands of his role in the legislature and his career prompted him to make the move.

“I hated to do it but I’m spending more and more time in Topeka,” he said. “I live in Topeka Monday thru Friday and I still have my job. I felt OP residents need a Ward 5 Councilman who could spend more time representing them.”

A message from the city on Facebook noted that Skubal had submitted his resignation letter ahead of Monday’s city council meeting, where it was accepted by the governing body.

The city has put out a call for persons interested in fulfilling part of Skubal’s unexpired term. Mayor Carl Gerlach, Finance, Administration and Economic Development Committee Chair Terry Goodman and Council President John Thompson will form a committee to screen applicants. That committee will recommend a replacement for Skubal at the city council’s May 1 meeting. Whoever is appointed will serve in the Ward 5 seat through January 2018. Whoever wins an election for the seat this November will fill the rest of the term.

Skubal was last elected to the city council in spring 2015, when he went unopposed.