About the Commission
- El Dorado Form of Government
- Commission Meeting Procedures
- Commission Election Information
- El Dorado Commissioners Since 1917
History of El Dorado Government
The City Commission meets twice each month on the first and third Monday at 6:30 p.m. in the Commission Room at City Hall, 220 East First Avenue. Agendas for meetings are prepared in advance and published on this website in the Agenda Center.
The public is invited to attend all meetings. To have a matter considered by the City Commission, please contact a Commissioner or Tabitha Sharp, City Clerk.
Personal appearances are opportunities for organizations or citizens to make special presentations before the City Commission. Such appearances are scheduled in advance of the meeting by calling City Clerk Tabitha Sharp at (316) 321-9100 by 5:00 p.m. the Tuesday preceding the meeting. Presentations are limited to ten minutes. Any presentation is for information purposes only; no action will be taken.
Persons who wish to address the City Commission regarding items not on the agenda and that are under the jurisdiction of the City Commission may do so when called upon the Mayor. Comments on personnel matters and matters pending in court are not permitted. Speakers are limited to three minutes. Any presentation is for information purposes only; no action will be taken.
Citizens with information for the City Commission are encouraged to contact the City Clerk at (316) 321-9100 or firstname.lastname@example.org for instructions on alternative ways of communicating with the City Commission.
The El Dorado City Commissioners are elected at large, which means every citizen in the community has the opportunity to vote on every member of the City Commission. Elections are non-partisan (no declaration of a political party is needed). Commission members must be residents of El Dorado while in office.
Two of El Dorado’s four City Commissioners are elected on the first Tuesday in November of every odd-numbered year. They are elected for four-year terms. The Mayor is elected every two years and serves a two-year term. A primary election is held the first Tuesday following the first Monday in August if more than two people file for Mayor or any Commission seat.
Mayor Bill Young - elected November 2019; term expires December 2021
Commissioner Matt Guthrie - elected November 2017; term expires December 2021
Commissioner Gregg Lewis - elected November 2019; term expires December 2023
Commissioner Nick Badwey - elected November 2017; term expires December 2021
Commissioner Kendra Wilkinson - elected November 2019; term expires December 2023
Thinking about running for City Commission?
- Individuals running for Commission should be prepared to attend approximately four to five meetings each month, they fall on the first and third Mondays at 6:30 p.m., on alternating Wednesdays at 5 p.m. and others as needed for various committees. If elected, candidates should plan to spend approximately ten hours a month in meetings.
- An e-mail address and tablet is provided for all city communications.
- Candidates who are interested in running must file at the Butler County Election Office by noon on June 1 of the election year.
- Candidates can either file by fee ($20) or get a nomination petition with 50 qualified signatures.
- City officials elected in November will be sworn in at the first meeting in December.
- The Vice Mayor is selected by the Commission at their first meeting in January each year.
- If a vacancy is created, the Commission will appoint someone to fill the vacancy until the next election for that position.
For more information on the forms of city government and election details, read the 2021 League of Kansas Municipalities Guide for City Candidates.