Carl Gerlach, retired Overland Park mayor, reflects on ups and downs of 16-year tenure

Carl Gerlach

This month marked the end of Carl Gerlach's tenure as mayor of Overland Park. He held the city's top job for 16 years, making him one of the longest-serving public officials in recent Johnson County history. "It has changed my life because of the people I’ve met. It’s changed my life because of the information I’ve learned," Gerlach told the Post. Photo credit Leah Wankum.

Mayor Carl Gerlach seemed momentarily ill at ease as he stepped to the podium at his last Overland Park City Council meeting last month.

Council president and incoming mayor Curt Skoog had just read a lengthy commendation of Gerlach’s accomplishments, and a staffer was getting some cell phone pictures as the standing ovation began to die down.