Mayor’s Office

Mayor Carl Gerlach presides over all City Council meetings and signs all ordinances, resolutions, contracts and agreements authorized by the Governing Body.

The mayor also makes appointments to volunteer boards and commissions; meets with residents, business associates, elected officials, students, Scouts and city staff members, all while advocating for the city’s success. The mayor also attends ceremonial duties such as dedications, grand openings, ribbon cuttings, and welcomes for groups meeting in the city.


8500 Santa Fe Drive
Overland Park, KS 66212




8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Mayor’s Welcome

To all residents of Overland Park,

Welcome to the City of Overland Park’s website, and more importantly, to Overland Park!

In Overland Park, you are never far from a strategically-planned neighborhood, a beautiful community park, a new career opportunity, a variety of recreational amenities, and world-class shopping, dining, and experiences. It’s for these reasons that Overland Park is consistently recognized as one of the happiest and healthiest cities, and one of the best places to live in the country.

If you’re visiting this page because you are new to the community, welcome! Overland Park is home to nearly 200,000 residents, and continues to grow. We are glad to have you here and invite you to learn more about what your city government can do for you.

Those of you who continue to live, work, and play in Overland Park, thank you for being here. No matter where in the city you live, we are glad to have you here and hope you will stay for many years.

As you can see, we are proud to call this city home, and hope you are too.

Carl Gerlach

Overland Park Mayor

State of the City

Mayor Gerlach presented his State of the City address on February 13, 2020 at the Overland Park Convention Center.

In his speech, the Mayor focused on strategic leadership efforts that have led to Overland Park’s success over its 60-year history. Gerlach also hosted a panel of community leaders, including Kansas Department of Transportation Secretary Julie Lorenz, Overland Park Chamber of Commerce Economic Development Council Senior Vice President Beth Johnson, Blue Valley School District Incoming Superintendent Tonya Merrigan, and Overland Park Fire Department Chief Bryan Dehner.

Proclamation Requests

The Mayor’s office issues proclamations for nonprofit organizations with citywide, regional or statewide interest, as a courtesy.

Proclamation requests are reviewed on a case-by-case basis. Not all requests are accepted.

Proclamations recognize and are issued for a specific day, week, or month.

These public service documents are strictly honorary and are not legally binding.

Proclamations will not be issued to endorse or promote a private, for-profit business that competes with similar for-profit businesses, or to endorse or promote a partisan political position or candidate.

Submit a Request

Submit proclamation requests between four and six weeks in advance of the requested date. Include a draft of the proclamation. Any draft proclamation language may be edited or rewritten at the discretion of the Mayor’s office.

Include contact information for the requestor, including a mailing address and telephone number.

Submit requests via email or mail:

Melissa Colasanto
Executive Assistant

City of Overland Park
8500 Santa Fe Drive
Overland Park, KS 66212

Carl Gerlach

Mayor Gerlach has served Overland Park since he was elected to represent Ward 3 on the City Council in 1995. The mayor volunteers his time with several local organizations. He is a proud father and grandfather, Eagle Scout, Shawnee Mission South High School graduate, and a former Kansas State Basketball player.

Biography: Mayor Carl Gerlach