City of Shawnee

Shawnee City Manager Announces Resignation

Shawnee City Manager Announces Resignation, Interim City Manager Named
Posted on 09/26/2022
City Manager Nolan Sunderman announced his plan to resign to the Governing Body and to City staff on Monday, September 26. 2022. Sunderman joined the City of Shawnee as Assistant City Manager in 2016 and was promoted to City Manager in 2018. As City Manager, Sunderman stressed the importance of building a community vision, leading the effort to develop a new Strategic Plan and an updated Comprehensive Plan.  

“I am most proud to have continued to build the amazing culture of our organization to become one of the most innovative and recognized teams across the country.  With an accredited Fire Department, Parks and Recreation Department, Police Department, and Public Works Department, along with the AAA bond rating among many other awards, we continually prove our excellence,” says Sunderman.  “I have learned so much from our team and I know their success will continue.”      

Mayor Michelle Distler notes Sunderman leaves the City on strong footing and is confident we will continue to build upon the foundation he leaves behind. 

“We are thankful to Nolan for his more than six years of service to the City of Shawnee. His vision for our community is something that will resonate and help guide us as we move forward through this season of change. I am confident the Governing Body and staff will work together to make sure the City continues on a positive path.” 

Sunderman has accepted a new position to continue his public service career. His last day at the City of Shawnee will be November 1, 2022. 

Interim City Manager Named

On Monday, October 10, 2022, The Shawnee Governing Body announced a decision on the City’s Interim City Manager. After an Executive Session ended during a Special Call City Council meeting, the City Council voted unanimously to appoint Public Works Director Doug Whitacre to lead the organization during the City Manager transition. Whitacre has worked for the City as Public Works Director since December of 2015. Before coming to Shawnee, Whitacre held leadership roles in Topeka, McPherson and Embarq/Sprint. 

During the Special Call City Council meeting, the Governing Body also selected Executive Search Firm SGR to help fill the permanent City Manager position. It is expected to take at least six months to fill the position.