Carl Gerlach was elected Mayor of Overland Park in April 2005 and re-elected in 2009, 2013, and 2017. He served on the City Council from 1995 to 2005 as a representative of Ward 3.
While on the Council, Gerlach served as Council President in 2003-2004, and as Chair of the Community Development and Finance, Administration and Economic Development committees.
He has maintained his community involvement, currently serving on the board of Shawnee Mission Medical Center, on the Johnson County Education Research Triangle (JCERT) Authority Board of Directors, and as a board member of Mid-America Technology, Inc. He is also a Johnson County Community College Foundation board member. In the past, the mayor has served on the Friends of Johnson County Developmental Supports board, along with the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce board of directors, and as the chairman of the Kansas Lottery Commission.
Gerlach also currently serves on the board of the Overland Park Economic Development Council, the Overland Park Chamber of Commerce, and the Overland Park Convention and Visitors Bureau. He is also a past member of the Kansas State School of Leadership Studies Advancement Council, the Bi-state Commission, and currently serves on the League of Kansas Municipalities Governing Body as a past president.
Before becoming Mayor, he was an active member of the Downtown Overland Park Partnership and served as Treasurer of the Overland Park Development Corporation, which owns the Sheraton Overland Park Hotel at the Convention Center. He is also a graduate of the Kansas Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s “Leadership Kansas” class of 1998 and a past board member of the Kansas State University National Alumni Association.
The mayor is honored to have received the 2013 Ewing Kauffman Distinguished Eagle Scout Award and the 2012 NAACP Martin Luther King Jr. Legacy Award. The Crescent Peace Society presented its 2013 Peace Award to Gerlach in recognition of his commitment and efforts to promote pluralism, understanding, tolerance and acceptance of religious and cultural diversity in Greater Kansas City. The Kansas City Business Journal listed Gerlach in its Power 100 of Kansas City’s Movers and Shakers and Ingram’s listed him among the 250 Most Powerful Business Leaders in the Kansas City Area. He also received the 2018 Arts Advocate award from ArtsKC and the Raindrop Award for Outstanding Public Service from the Dialogue Institute.
Gerlach is married to Jill, and they have three children – Chris, Jennifer and Katie. He is retired from a major screen printing company in the promotional products industry where he served as Vice President of Marketing. The mayor recently served as the chairman of the Promotional Products Association International Board of Directors.
An Eagle Scout and graduate of Shawnee Mission South High School, Gerlach received a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Kansas State University while also being a four-year letterman playing basketball.