Shawnee city leaders propose new solution for electing council president, giving mayor power to chair and vote in council committee

Shawnee councilmember Mike Kemmling is council president while city leaders develop an internal election process for appointing a new council president. Kemmling has the most seniority on the council.

After nearly three hours of deliberations Tuesday, the Shawnee city council has come up with a plan for self-electing its president.

The main outcome of last night’s council committee meeting: The city councilmembers unanimously agreed that they want the mayor to be a participating and voting member at future council committee meetings. They would also like to see her chair those meetings as well.