City Council

Please meet our City Officials & City Council Members

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  Mayor Kent Harris
 417-262-0318 / kent_debbie@sbcglobal.net

My upbringing was on a large farm raising cattle, baling hay, filling silo, planting and harvesting crops, etc.  My education was in a “One Room School House” setting.  My parents instilled in us Faith, Family, and Work ethics, which continues today through our family’s generations.
Family is very important to me.  I am so blessed to have married Debbie, my high school sweetheart, back in 1973.  Also blessed to have three sons, three beautiful daughter-in-laws, one beautiful granddaughter, and EIGHT grandsons.
I am a graduate of Lamar High School (Football Powerhouse). Associate, Bachelor, Master, Specialist Degrees.  Served as a Deacon and Elder in our home Church.  Twenty nine year career in Secondary Education.  Eighteen years serving as City of Lamar Ward II Alderman.  Second Term serving as Mayor, City of Lamar
Hobbies include travel, building thing, but best of all investing the lives of our family, friends, and community.
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  City Administrator Lynn Calton
417-682-5554 ext 2310 / lynncalton@tiadon.com

Lynn Calton has served as the City Administrator in Lamar for 26 years.  He attended Lamar High School and after graduating from Missouri Institute of Science and Technology (formerly UMR) with a degree in Civil Engineering began his career initially with Finley Engineering, then in Tulsa , New Jersey and Memphis.  He and his wife, Sharla, have 3 children in Lamar and Dallas area and 6 grandkids, so far.
He serves on the follow boards:  Board of Adjustment, Planning Commission, Harry S Truman Coordinating Council, Region M Solid Waste Management, Tri-State Water Coalition, Missouri Public Utility commission, Transportation Advisory Committee and Joplin regional Partnership and formerly on the Community Betterment and University of Missouri Extension and Draft Board

 

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City Clerk Bev Baker

417-682-5554 X2318

cityclerk@cityoflamar.org

The City Clerk’s Office is responsible for:
• Serving as the custodian of records by maintaining the City’s official records.
• Ensuring timely and accurate codification of City Code of Ordinances.
• Filing record requests in accordance with the Missouri Sunshine Law by providing public access to records.
• Preparing Council packets and public notices of meetings for the City of Lamar.
• Recording minutes of Council Meetings.
• Working with Barton County Clerk coordinating City elections.
• Serving as notary public of the State of Missouri.
• Administering oaths of office for elected officials and certain employee positions.
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Police Chief Rusty Rives
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417-682-3546

 

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City Attorney / Prosecutor Steven Kaderly
417-682-6061

Steven Kaderly is a lifetime Lamar resident and a graduate of Lamar High School Class of 1981.  He graduated from Missouri State University, 1986.  B. S. (double major: accounting, finance) and a graduate of University of Missouri at Kansas City, 1989, J. D.  He is a practicing attorney, 1989-present at the law Offices of Kaderly & Kaderly city of Lamar Assistant City Attorney, 1990-2001.  City of Lamar city Attorney ,2001-present.  Lamar City Prosecutor, 1990-present.  City Attorney for Golden city 1990-present & Mindenmines 1998-present.  Barton County Prosecuting Attorney, 1995-present
Steven and his wife, Katie have three children.  Steven is a member of the First Christian Church of Lamar and Rotary Club of Lamar.  Steven’s hobbies of golf, hunting, fishing, boating and travel keep him busy.
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Assistant City Attorney Belinda Kaderly
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417-682-6061

 

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  Fire Chief  Larry Beatty
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417-682-5512
  First Ward Alderman Max Simmons
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417-682-6107
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  First Ward Alderman Judd Chestnut
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417-682-3506
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  Second Ward Alderman Steve Gilkey
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417-682-5158
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  Second Ward Alderman Mike Hull
 417-682-6881

A lifelong resident of Lamar, graduated from Lamar High School in 1989.  Mike continued his education at Missouri State, achieving a B.S. in Economics in 1994.  After graduation, Mike and his wife Kelly (Thieman) Hull moved back to Lamar where he was employed at O’Sullivan Industries.  Mike and Kelly have 3 boy’s, Zane, Wyatt, and Eli.
Mike is currently President and CEO of Equity 4 U, Inc. which specializes in Loan Payment Acceleration.  Kelly teaches 5th grade math and science for the Lamar School District.
In addition to his family and work, Mike enjoys serving as chairman for the City’s Economic Development Committee, attending Lamar United Methodist Church, and coaching youth sports.

 

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  Third Ward Alderman Rick Kaderly
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417-682-3593
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  Third Ward Alderman Brian Griffith
 417-682-3358

Brian Griffith has represented the third ward since 2014.  He is active on the Economic Development and Ordinance committees.  Previously, Brian served multiple terms on the Chamber of Commerce and Rotary boards.  Originally from St Louis, Brian and his family moved to Lamar in 2012.  Working for Shelter Insurance has helped him meet a lot of people in the community.  Brian was also recently elected to the Lamar School board.
As a graduate from the University of Missouri,  Brian enjoys returning to Columbia and watching the Tigers.  When he isn’t working, Brian enjoys exercising and entertaining with his wife in their turn of the century home.  They are active in their church’s youth group where they have two children.
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  Fourth Ward Alderman Bill Talbott
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417-682-2565
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  Fourth Ward Alderman Harold VanDeMark
 417-682-3246

Harold VandeMark was born and raised in Lamar.  He attended and graduated from Lamar High School.  After High School Harold started working for Frank Horton and company.  He worked for them eight years.   He then started his own business, Van De Mark tool and Machine which he has owned and operated for the last thirty-eight years.
Harold is married to Althea, who also grew up in Lamar and graduated Lamar High School.  together they have three grown daughters and tow lovely granddaughters.
Harold has served the City of Lamar as Fourth Ward Alderman for 24 years.  He has served on many of the committees.  His current committees are Police board and Administrative.
Harold and Althea are active members of Lamar First Baptist Church.  In his spare time Harold likes to ride his Harley Davidson Motorcycle and attend Blacksmithing Conferences.  Harold has a very creative mind and has made several pieces by using his blacksmithing skills
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