Current Term: January 2018 – January 2022
Mike was sworn into office as Mayor on January 8, 2018.
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A lifelong Johnson County resident, Mike was elected Mayor of Roeland Park on Nov. 7, 2017, and began his term on Jan. 8, 2018. Before being elected Mayor, Mike served as the Chairman of both the Roeland Park Sustainability Committee and the Community Foundation Advisory Board. Mike and his wife, Elizabeth, welcomed their daughter Virginia to Roeland Park in August 2017. The Kelly family live on Roeland Drive with their dog, Margot, who at the city-wide Bark in R Park event was awarded “Longest Tail in Roeland Park.”
Prior to joining the Roeland Park community, Mike attended Cure’ of Ars Catholic School and Rockhurst High School. A lover of sports and the outdoors, Mike attained the rank of Eagle Scout with the Boy Scouts of America and was a high school All-America Rugby selection.
Mike followed family tradition by enrolling at Kansas State University, where he earned degrees in journalism and political science. He finished his formal education at the University of Kansas School of Law before passing the bar exams in both Kansas and Missouri. While in law school, Mike worked for the Paul E. Wilson Project for Innocence and Post-Conviction Remedies, for which he was awarded the Kansas Association for Justice Advocacy Award. Currently, Mike works as an attorney at McDowell Rice Smith & Buchanan on the Kansas City Country Club Plaza. He volunteers as an attorney with the Neighborhood Justice Center at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church.
As Mayor, Mike plans to inform and engage the talented residents of Roeland Park and maximize civic participation. Mike will work to help Roeland Park welcome new commercial developments, collaborate with its schools, beautify its parks and recreation spaces, and supervise efficient, transparent council meetings.