City seeks people interested in commission appointment

City of Garden City photo: Mayor Dan Fankhouser, left, presents a plaque to city commissioner Melvin Dale on Tuesday. Dale resigned from the city commission and plans to move closer to family.

In honor of Garden City Commissioner Melvin Dale’s retirement, the city commission declared Feb. 19 Melvin Dale Day during Tuesday’s regular city commission meeting.

Dale, who was first elected to the city commission in 2013, and his wife plan to move away from Garden City to be closer to family.

To fill Dale’s seat through the rest of this year, the city is seeking letters of interest and qualifications from interested individuals in the community. Whomever is appointed will serve until January 2020, and the seat will be on the ballot this November as part of the municipal elections.

The City will accept letters of interest and qualifications until March 13. The letters will be included in the March 19 commission agenda packet, which will be available for public viewing on the City’s website beginning the evening of March 15.

To be considered, individuals must be a qualified electorate (registered and eligible to vote within the city).

Interested individuals are asked to include in their letters of interest and qualifications any personal information they believe to be pertinent to the Commission’s consideration of their candidacy, which may include a statement as to why they are interested in serving the City in this capacity.

Candidates should also indicate in their letter whether they will be able to attend the March 19 City Commission pre-meeting workshop, which begins at 11 a.m. and lasts approximately one hour. The pre-meeting workshop is not required but will allow the candidates to speak with Commissioners regarding their candidacy in a public meeting.

The Commission will select by majority vote, possibly during the regular March 19 commission meeting following the pre-meeting, the person to fill the vacant seat.

Letters of interest may be submitted by email, mail or by hand and must be received before 5 p.m. Wednesday, March 13. Letters can be emailed to Jennifer Cunningham at For those wishing to mail or hand deliver letters, please use the following address:

City Manager’s Office

301 N. 8th St.

P.O. Box 998

Garden City, KS 67846