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City of Lee's Summit >> City Officials >> Mayor

State of the City

2017 State of the City Video



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Mayor Randy Rhoads


Message from the Mayor

Our community is the height of Midwest hospitality and personality as evidenced by our friendly citizens, historic past, numerous recognitions, and superior quality of life features.

Our humble beginnings as the small 11-block town of Strother with just a handful of citizens has been transformed over time into one of the fastest growing cities in Missouri with an estimate of 96,000 residents and a growing and diverse business community. Our community’s rich past will forever be steeped in our future through our small town values and commitment to historical preservation and revitalization as evidenced by our award-winning historic downtown district and neighborhoods.
Lee’s Summit is known locally and nationally for our first-class quality of life that has led to several prestigious honors bestowed to us over the years. Our community was also honored with the “2010 Missouri Arts Award for Creative Community” for our cultivation of arts and culture throughout the community.

Lee’s Summit is home to one of the best school systems in the country, receiving local, state and national awards for academic and teaching excellence.  

Our City has fast become a shopping and dining destination with more than 100 quaint specialty shops and locally-owned restaurants located in our historic 18-block downtown district as well as the retail stores and restaurants in the SummitWoods Crossing and Summit Fair lifestyle centers.

There are also a variety of recreational activities from Lee’s Summit’s recreation crown jewel, Legacy Park, to the Lea McKeighan Skate Park, the Gamber Center, Summit Waves, and the live music of the free summer concert series available for all to enjoy.     

Lee’s Summit is a premier community of welcoming people and unforgettable experiences – a “Big City” with a small town feel enjoyed by our residents and visitors!

Yours Truly,

Mayor Randy Rhoads

Organizational Structure

The Mayor is elected at-large for a four-year term and is recognized as the head of the city for all legal and ceremonial purposes and by the Governor of Missouri for all purposes of military law. The Mayor presides at City Council meetings, executes all ordinances, resolutions, proclamations, grants and executive orders. Any ordinance or resolution adopted by the City Council may be vetoed by the Mayor; however, the Mayor may only vote in the event of a tie.

The Mayor presents a State of the City address at least once annually as to the affairs of the city and any recommendations of the Mayor.