The League of Kansas Municipalities (League) serves as the chief advocate for the cities of Kansas to advance the general welfare and promote the quality of life of the people who live within our cities. Our mission is to strengthen and advocate for the interests of the cities of Kansas. Cities of all sizes rely on the League as a key resource for information. Established by municipal officials in 1910, the League is a voluntary, nonpartisan organization of Kansas cities. The League operates as a governmental agency and is defined by state law as an instrumentality of its member cities. The powers and duties of the League are prescribed by state law and in bylaws adopted by the voting delegates of its member cities.
The following are the core functions and services the League provides to member cities and research subscribers.
Policy Development & Advocacy. The League is committed to advocating on behalf of all cities in Kansas. League staff members testify and lobby on behalf of cities and provide up-to-the-minute updates to keep cities informed about legislative happenings through League News, Legislative Alerts, Facebook, and Twitter. The League also serves as the coordinating entity among the various lobbyists who represent cities and counties. In this capacity, the League hosts weekly meetings and provides briefings and assistance to representatives from individual cities.
Legal Inquiries & Ordinance Services. The League annually answers thousands of legal inquiries from local officials and city attorneys on a variety of issues. These range from requests for sample ordinances, to complex questions requiring considerable research. There is no attorney-client relationship between League and our member cities.
Amicus Briefs. The League is a recognized expert regarding municipal law and cities may request League participation in cases of statewide importance. Member cities may request that the League file an amicus brief in the Kansas Court of Appeals, Kansas Supreme Court, and federal appellate courts. The request is reviewed by League legal staff, the League Legal Advisory Committee, and ultimately presented to the League Governing Body for approval.
Kansas Government Journal. Published since 1914, the Kansas Government Journal (KGJ) is the only magazine in Kansas designed especially for city, county, and state government officials.
Directory. The annual Directory of Kansas Public Officials provides information on each city, county, and school district in Kansas, including the names of elected officials, department heads, and key employees. Also included is a reference section identifying many key state agencies and contacts, plus the Municipal Products and Services Guide, listing companies who offer a variety of services to local governments in Kansas.
League News. The League News provides timely summaries of important issues and legislative activities. The League News is e-mailed weekly during the legislative session and periodically throughout the rest of the year.
Governing Body Handbook. In conjunction with the Governing Body Institute the League revises and updates the Governing Body Handbook, a key tool for city officials in Kansas. Each member city receives two complimentary copies and additional copies can be ordered at the member rate.
Budget Tips. Each year, the League publishes Budget Tips for Kansas Cities and Budget Tips for Kansas Counties. These publications serve as practical resources with updated information designed to help city and county officials through the budget process.
The League Website. The League website serves as a valuable tool for members to access legislative information, sample ordinances, and much more.
The following League services are offered to individual member cities on a contract-fee basis at a discounted rate. Contact the League office for more information. 785.354.9565
Codification. Maintaining a current book of ordinances is a daunting task. With over 80 years of codification experience, the League provides a cost-effective alternative. The League has over 70 years of codification experience and American Legal Publishing (ALP), the League’s Codification Program Consultant, has an outstanding history of customer service and the ability to work with cities large and small. ALP currently works with 12 other state municipal leagues as a codification or folio consultant.
LEAPS. The League’s Executive/Administrative Position Search (LEAPS) program assists in filling vacant city manager/administrator positions or other positions and can be tailored to a member city’s needs.
Model Personnel Policies. Comprehensive personnel policies and guidelines are not only necessary for setting expectations and encouraging employee productivity, but they also help protect organizations from potential lawsuits. The League will work with your city and your community to craft an individualized personnel policy that specifically meets the needs of your city.
Job Descriptions. The League recognizes that developing quality job descriptions is a challenging and time-consuming responsibility. To help public entities meet this need, the League provides job description development services that is typically less than 50% of what private sector organizations charge for similar services.
Classified Advertising. This is the primary source for readers to find public job openings in the state and adjacent regions. Classified advertising appears in both the League website and in the KGJ (time and space permitting) for the same low price.
Training Programs & Events. The League provides a diverse variety of training opportunities and municipal events.
The League produces an extensive list of publications and resources that serve as valuable tools to local government.