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Mayor and Commission

(Effective May 12, 2021) City Commissioners meet every 2nd and 4th Mondays (except holidays), at 5:35 p.m.

Mayor:

Collins

Bill Collins, Mayor - January 2019  to January 2023

Bill moved to Hiawatha in 1968. He was married to the late Mary Collins. They have four Children: Stacey Wilhelm, Shelly Mercer, Tammy Thompson and William (Bill) Jr. He has 10 Grandchildren and 2 Great Grandchildren. He enjoys gardening, woodworking and spending time with his grandchildren. He has served on the Hiawatha City Commission since 1993.


City Commission:

  

Shamburg Becky Shamburg, Streets & Parks - January 2017 - January 2025

Becky is the Director of Special Education for Brown County Special Education Interlocal #615. She is also the head cross country coach and assistant track coach for Hiawatha High school. She received her undergraduate degree from Kansas State University and her Masters degree from Fort Hays State University.

Becky has three children: Sam, Ryan and Aly.

 Middendorf  David Middendorf, Finance, May 2020 - January 2023

David was born and raised in Hiawatha. He was first married to Nancy who lost a battle to cancer. They have two daughters: Jessica and Jeff Young (Haley and Benton) and Katie and Chris Knoll (Ava and Liam).  He is currently married Lela who has two children: Brandon and Laura Smith (Mitchell and Meredith) and Jenna Smith.

David graduated from the University of Kansas with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering degree and is a Professional Engineer Emeritus. He retired from a 40 year career with an international engineering company in Overland Park working on the design and construction of power generation facilities and air quality improvement projects.

He currently serves on the Tree Board and Land Bank Board for the City of Hiawatha and is an active member of the Zion Lutheran Church in Hiawatha.

His hobbies include landscaping, collecting and working on jukeboxes and other vintage electronics, and spending time with his grandchildren.

Woehlecke  Evans Woehlecke, Police - January 2021 - January 2025

Evans graduated from Hiawatha High School in 1982; Highland Community College in 1984; and from the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center in 1992.

Evans spent 25 years with the Hiawatha Police Department before retiring in 2016.  In those 25 years, he spent 8 years with Patrol; 12 years as Chief of Police; and 5 years as Code Enforcement.

Evans is married to Ginger Woehlecke.  They have two children, Jaycea and Drake, and one grandchild, Cayson.

Evans enjoys fishing and hunting.  He is also registered with the KSHSAA sports official.

Evans is currently employed with the Brown County Sheriff's Office as a Corrections Officer, and with Chapel Oaks Funeral Home of Hiawatha/Highland

 

Shefferd Brian Shefferd, Utilities - January 2021 - January 2025

Brian is the son of Gary & Karen Shefferd.  He graduated from Hiawatha High School in 1999, where he met his wife Tami Shefferd.  

After college, Brian and Tami moved back to Hiawatha to raise their family.  They have lived in Hiawatha since 2008, and have two kids - Tucker and Mackenzie.

Brian has been a helicopter mechanic for almost 20 years, and currently works with the United States Fire Service maintaining helicopters for forest fires.