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Mike Skidmore

Mike SkidmoreMayor

101 S. Hickory

Ottawa, KS 66067

H 785-242-8145

W 785-242-6777

Term: January 2018-January2022

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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.

Blake Jorgensen

Blake JorgensenMayor Pro-Tem

101 S. Hickory

Ottawa, KS 66067

H 785-242-3631

Term: January 2018-January 2022

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Blake Jorgensen has lived in Ottawa virtually all of his adult life moving to the community in 1987 after graduating with a B.S. degree in Agricultural Economics from Kansas State University. Blake and his wife, Kelly, have three children. Jorgensen is the Executive Vice President and a director for The Kansas State Bank in Ottawa. As a community banker, Jorgensen works hard to attract, promote and sustain local businesses, economic vitality and development in the Ottawa area.

Jorgensen has been active in the Ottawa Area Chamber of Commerce, the Ottawa Municipal Airport Advisory Board and was a charter director of Ottawa Main Street. He has served on the board of directors for the Franklin County Development Council, the Kansas City Area Development Council and the League of Kansas Municipalities. Prior to first being elected to the Ottawa City Commission in 2005, he served as Vice Chairman of Ottawa’s Planning Commission when it developed the City’s current Comprehensive Plan.

He believes in steadily and continually improving Ottawa’s quality of life while maintaining the City’s uniqueness and keeping taxes as low as possible. He’ll continue to work hard to expand Ottawa’s retail and industrial bases as well as expanding housing and leisure alternatives.





Emily Graves
Emily GravesCommissioner

101 S. Hickory

Ottawa, KS 66067

W 785-229-3600

Term: January 2018-January 2020

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Emily Graves was born in Ottawa, KS at Ransom Memorial Hospital and was raised nearby in Quenemo, KS. She went to school at Marais des Cygnes Valley and later graduated from Emporia State University with a Bachelor's degree in Interdisciplinary studies. She then worked on her Master's degree in Organizational Leadership from Baker University and completed the program in 2015. 

Emily works at Ransom Memorial Hospital as the Director of Materials Management. She serves as the President for CASA of the 4th Judicial District and serves on the board for Communities in Schools. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, shopping, baking, and spending time outside with her family.

Emily is married to Darek Graves and they have two children: Carter and Kinsley. She wants to see Ottawa become a place where her children want to raise their families. This would involve growth, improving our infrastructure, community involvement, and activities for everyone, particularly our youth.


Sara Caylor 

Sara CaylorCommissioner

101 S. Hickory

Ottawa, KS 66067

W 785-229-3600 

Term: April 2015-January 2020

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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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