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Mike Skidmore 

Mike Skidmore

Mayor
101 S. Hickory
Ottawa, KS 66067
H 785-242-8145
W 785-242-6777
Term: April 2013-April 2017
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Mike Skidmore was born and raised in Ottawa, and graduated from OHS in 1974. He then went to Kansas State University and graduated in 1978 with a B.S. degree in Ag Economics. Mike married his high school sweetheart, Marilee Thornburg, in 1979 and has 3 grown children and one granddaughter. He began his 30+ years in banking in central Kansas, and returned to Ottawa in 1995. He and his wife are members of Ottawa Bible Church where they attend and enjoy their involvement.

Mike is currently involved in various community boards including the Ottawa Area Chamber of Commerce, President’s Council for Ottawa University, local representative to the Goppert Foundation, a director for Goppert State Service Bank, and treasurer for Agape Interfaith Ministries (orphanage in Jangoan India). In the past, he served on the boards of the Franklin County Development Council, (then O/FCED) and Franklin County Habitat for Humanity.

Mike feels that Ottawa has the potential for measured growth without sacrificing our identity. Ottawa is perfectly located geographically, has a strong and able workforce, is blessed with an enviable rail and highway system – making our future potential very bright. His emphasis will be economic development, and to bring better and higher-paying jobs to Ottawa.

Shawn Dickinson 
Shawn Dickinson

Mayor Pro-Tem
101 S. Hickory
Ottawa, KS 66067
H 785-418-5838
Term: April 2013-April 2015
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Shawn Dickinson was born in Ottawa and has lived here most of his life. He is a graduate of Ottawa High School and received his B.S. degree in English and Creative Writing from Kansas State University. He is married to Megan Dickinson and they have one son. Shawn is a freelance writer and a work-from-home dad.

Shawn feels that neighborhood revitalization is an important aspect of helping citizens of Ottawa feel pride in their community. He and his family have remodeled five Ottawa homes, taking them from long-term vacant and neglected properties to refurbished and affordable homes for families. This includes the home where he and his family currently reside.

Shawn would love to see more events held in Ottawa that would draw out-of-town visitors, similar to the already established and very successful annual car and tractor shows. He believes this would be good not only for the local economy, but would also provide a variety of activities for local residents.

 

Commissioners


Linda Reed
Linda ReedCommissioner
101 S. Hickory
Ottawa, KS 66067
H 785-242-2451
W 785-229-8320
Term: April 2013-April 2017
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Linda Reed is married to Louis Reed; they have two daughters and two sons, two son-in-laws and five grandchildren. She was born and raised in the Pomona area and graduated from Emporia State University with a Bachelor of Science in Microbiology and a Bachelor of Science in Medical Technology. She and her family returned to the Ottawa area over twenty years ago where she serves as the Laboratory Director at Ransom Memorial Hospital. Linda's community/civic involvement has been serving on the City of Ottawa Planning Commission, Chamber of Commerce as a Board member and committee chair, Business and Professional Women's organization of Ottawa and Kansas and Governor's Bioterrorism Coordinating Council.

 

Linda believes that the Ottawa community has tremendous potential and is a great place to live and work. She wants to see sustained, smart growth and economic development. She would like to see continued work toward a community center and additional retail business, as well as a variety of housing options for all income levels toward the goal of providing a solid workforce living in our community.


Sharon Geiss
Blake JorgensenCommissioner
101 S. Hickory
Ottawa, KS 66067
H 785-248-4573
W 785-242-3600
Term: April 2011-April 2015
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  Sharon came to Ottawa in 1975 to attend Ottawa University where she graduated with a degree in Business Administration.   She is married to Steve Geiss and together they own and operate a small business in downtown Ottawa, Take It Outside.  Sharon raised two children in Ottawa and is now privileged to watch two of her four grandchildren grow up in Ottawa.  She loves Ottawa for both its small town feel and its proximity to the big city amenities close by.

 She has experience as a chief executive officer for 24 of the last 26 years.  First as Executive Director of a for profit home health agency and, most recently, as the Executive Director of Mid-America Nutrition Program, a not for profit meals on wheels program.

As the director of the local meals on wheels program she served on the Board of Directors for the Meals on Wheels Association of America.   She also served as the president of the Meals on Wheels Association of Kansas and Kansas Community Nutrition Services. 

Sharon has served on board of the Chamber of Commerce and served as a Library Trustee for the Ottawa Library.

 She is a past president of the Soroptimist club of Ottawa.  In October 2014 she was named Woman of the Year by the Ottawa Herald. 

Sharon believes her business experience has prepared her well to serve the city of Ottawa as a commissioner.


Sara Caylor 
Sara CaylorCommissioner
101 S. Hickory
Ottawa, KS 66067
H 785-242-8979 
Term: April 2011-April 2015
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Sara Caylor is proud to call Ottawa her home. Married to Chad Caylor, Sara and her husband have two children. In her professional life, Sara serves as the Membership Manager for Girl Scouts of Southwest Kansas and Northeast Missouri. Sara believes that helping to build courage, confidence, and character in girls through Girl Scouts will make the world a better place.  Service to others has been Sara's life's work primarily working with underprivileged youth for nearly two decades.

Born and raised in Ottawa, Sara received her degree in Social Work from Washburn University. Her personal interests and activities include: Ottawa Rotary Club, Ransom Memorial Hospital Charitable Association, Westminster Presbyterian Church and Sacred Heart School. Sara is both a Graduate of Franklin County Leadership and a past member of the Franklin County Leadership Trustees.

Sara values parks particularly play parks for families. In addition, Caylor would like to see improvements to our sidewalks and roads. As with any of the Ottawa City Commissioners, Sara encourages you to contact her with any questions you may have about the City of Ottawa.

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