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Welcome Our New City Manager

The City of Independence has unanimously voted to hire Matthew Schmitz as our new City Manager. Matt was also unanimously selected from a group of finalists on Saturday. A group of 43 Department Heads, City Leaders and City Council members all selected Matt as their top choice.
Matt has worked in city government for the past 16 years in Shawnee and Lansing, Kansas. He has an AAS in Civil Engineering Technology, a BS in Business Administration from Kansas State University and a Master of Public Administration from the University of Kansas.
Both the City and Matt have agreed to terms and signed the Employment Agreement. Matt is expected to join us in late January. His wife and two children will move to Independence as soon as school in Kansas lets out for the summer. We are very excited to have Matt join us.
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