PITTSBURG — Pittsburg City Manager Daron Hall will serve as the new president of the Kansas League of Municipalities.
Chosen on Oct. 8 at the annual conference in Wichita, and a member of the league since 2012, Hall said he went in with a vision.
“The reason I got on was to represent Pittsburg’s interests,” he said. “The league is one voice that represents communities’ interests across the state, usually through lobbying.”
Hall said the league’s goal is to be of service to the community.
“The league is all about local control,” he said.
One way he said he hopes to be of service is to keep communities active in the affairs of the Kansas state government.
“It’s my job to help with advocacy so we don’t only find out things that happen in Topeka after the fact,” Hall said.
Hall will enter his new position as Kansas inaugurates its new governor, Democrat Laura Kelly.
“There’s been a big change up there in Topeka,” Hall said. “Hopefully we can challenge some things that have happened."
As president of the league, Hall said he hopes he will be able to put even more power back in the hands of Kansas’ communities.
“We don’t want the state making any more big decisions for us than they have to,” he said. “Communities are here for a reason. We elect five responsible people and I think they should be allowed to do what they’re elected to do.”
Hall has been in public administration for 27 years and previously served as the league’s vice president. He will serve as president for one year.
The League of Kansas Municipalities was established in 1920 and is a voluntary, nonpartisan organization of over 500 Kansas cities, and advocates on behalf of cities, and offers training and guidance to appointed and elected municipal officials.