Roeland Park’s new mayor is LGBTQ pathbreaker in JoCo

Roeland Park Mayor Michael Poppa.

Roeland Park Mayor Michael Poppa, recently appointed to the position with outgoing Mayor Mike Kelly leaving for the county commission, is one of the first openly gay mayors in a large northeast Johnson County city. Photo credit Leah Wankum.

Roeland Park’s new mayor Michael Poppa quietly made a bit of history this month, becoming the first openly gay person in charge of a large Johnson County city.

The city council appointed Poppa right after the new year to fill a vacancy when Mike Kelly left to become the new chairman of the Johnson County Commission.