City of Shawnee

Governing Body Announces New City Manager

Governing Body Announces New City Manager
Posted on 02/13/2023

Mayor Michelle Distler and the Shawnee City Council announced Doug Gerber as the new City Manager.

The Governing Body approved a contract with Gerber at the City Council meeting on Monday, February 13, 2023. Gerber was one of five finalists who met with the Governing Body and City staff late last month in an extensive interview process. 

“As with any change in this community that I love, I am confident our staff will embrace it and support the new City Manager.” said Mayor Michelle Distler. 

When asked about his new position, Doug said, “I am humbled that I was selected as the next City Manager for the City of Shawnee. I am passionate about good local government and I am excited to begin working with the City Council and staff to continue to move Shawnee forward.” 

Doug currently works for JEO Consulting Group where he helps develop the Kansas market. Before his work at JEO, Doug had a 22-year career in the public sector, most recently with work in numerous positions for the City of Topeka, KS, including Deputy City Manager, Director of Administrative and Financial Services, Interim Director of Utilities, Interim Director of Public Works and Interim City Manager. Prior to working in Topeka, Doug served as City Manager of both Goodland, KS and Beloit, KS. 

A native of Newton, KS, Doug received his bachelor's and master's in public administration from Kansas State University and completed a post-graduate internship in Kent County, Michigan. 

Doug enjoys gardening, Kansas State athletics and being involved in his children's activities. 

Gerber will replace Doug Whitacre, who has been serving as interim City Manager since November 2022, when former City Manager Nolan Sunderman resigned. Whitacre will return to his role as Public Works Director.  

Gerber will be sworn in as City Manager at the March 27, 2023 City Council meeting.  

pic of doug gerber