Contact the Lawrence City Commission
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Five Lawrence City Commissioners are elected at large, meaning they serve the city as a whole rather than representing districts.
Three Lawrence city commissioners are elected in odd years. The two candidates who receive the most votes are elected to four-year terms; the third-place candidate is elected to a two-year term. They are paid about $22,000 per year.
The Lawrence City Commission generally meets the first, second and third Tuesdays of each month in the City Commission room on the first floor of City Hall, 6 E. Sixth St. Meetings usually begin at 5:45 p.m. Agendas are available via this link. Meetings are livestreamed on the city’s website and on its YouTube channel.
The commission welcomes written public comment until noon the day of the meeting. Comments can be provided via email to email@example.com. The commission also hears live public comment during meetings.
You can sign up to receive notices from the city and agendas for upcoming meetings at this link.
Last updated Dec. 6, 2022
Lisa Larsen, mayor
Bart Littlejohn, vice mayor
Courtney Shipley, commissioner
Brad Finkeldei, commissioner
Amber Sellers, commissioner
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