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Quick Start Guide to Governing
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Congratulations on your election to public office! As a new member of your city’s governing body, you serve a vital role in your community. Serving in an elected municipal office is an
exciting, challenging, and humbling experience. No level of government offers the opportunity for more day-to-day contact with the electors.

We understand your first few months in office can be an overwhelming time as you are
presented daily with information you need to know while trying to simultaneously govern. To help you navigate, we have compiled “must know” information.

We encourage you to attend the upcoming Governing Body Institute in April where League staff will cover in-depth, important topics such as municipal finance, personnel management and the Kansas Open Meetings Act (KOMA), as well as many other crucial areas for a governing body to understand. The Governing Body Institute is also an excellent time to network with fellow mayors, councilmembers, and commissioners as we collectively work for the betterment of our state.

At the League, we're here to help! Your League membership, and the resources we provide, are valuable tools for you to use as you lead your city. A quick-start guide to governing is available below for you to use. 



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