City Council

Please meet our City Officials & City Council Members

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  Mayor Kent Harris
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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 in the lives of our family, friends, and community.
  City Administrator Lynn Calton
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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


City Clerk Bev Baker

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Bev Baker has served as Lamar City Clerk/Finance Officer since November 2015.   January 2016, she started additional duties and was appointed as the Human Resources representative for the City.
Bev has much experience in her field. She has seven years of City government experience and over thirty years in banking.  She has served as an officer of Soroptimist International, Business and Professional Women’s Association, American Diabetes Association, Chamber of Commerce, and United Way.
Bev grew up in Jasper, Missouri and graduated High School there. Then she went to MSSU where she received her Business and Accounting Certifications through the Institute of Banking.
Bev was asked to work at City Hall in another town temporarily and once starting knew this was what she wanted her career to be, working for the City Government and helping the citizens of the community.
When accepting the City Clerk/Finance Officer position in Lamar she would be closer to her parents and knew this was a wonderful small town to be a part of.
Bev likes reading, crocheting, woodworking, stained glass, most any crafts. One of her favorite times of the year in Lamar is the Lamar Fair.  She loves the History of Lamar and glad to be a part of the community.
Police Chief Rusty Rives
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Rusty Rives was appointed to the Chief of police in June of 2017.  He began his policing career in Lamar in 1998 and returns after serving time in Jasper, Webb City, and Joplin.  During that time, Rusty completed a Bachelor’s Degree in criminal Justice from Central Christian College of Kansas, he obtained a Master’s Degree in Management and Leadership from Webster University, and completed the Missouri Police Chiefs Command College.  While serving in Webb City he rose to the rank of Detective sergeant and at the time of his departure from Joplin, held the rank of Captain over the Professional Standards Bureau.
Rusty is married with two children, currently serves on his church’s security team and as a volunteer fire fighter.  When asked about priorities his goals were to improve the efficiencies of the department and ensure the delivery of high quality, professional police services to the community.  His goal is to address quality of life issues, particularly those that lead to criminal activity.


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City Attorney / Prosecutor Steven Kaderly

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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   Fire Chief  Larry Beatty
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  First Ward Alderman Max Simmons
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  First Ward Alderman Judd Chestnut
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Judd Chesnut Lamar, Missouri
  Second Ward Alderman Steve Gilkey

Steve Gilkey currently represents Ward One and previously represented Ward Two.  Steve serves as the Chairman of the Public Expenditures committee, and a member of Utilities committee and the Police Board.  He is a graduate of Lamar High School and Pittsburg State University.  Steve and his wife, Nancy, are lifelong residents of Lamar.  They have three children that are also Lamar residents.  The Gilkey Family owned and operated a car dealership, Gilkey Auto Group, for fifty years.
Steve is a past President of Rotary, Vice President of Lamar Chamber, and an Elder of Lamar Christian Church and served on the Summer Recreation Board.
Steve Gilkey Lamar Missouri
  Second Ward Alderman Mike Hull

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

Rick Kaderly, worked more than 20 years as Director of Member Services and Marketing at Barton county electric cooperative in Lamar, Missouri.  Coordinated marketing of the co-op’s products and services, and responsible for corporate business development.
Rick worked as Account Executive for Inside Information, Inc. Smithville, Missouri for 18 years.
Responsible for administering on-site employee surveys and ongoing database marketing account services for Inside Information co-op clients.


Rick Kaderly Lamar, Missouri
  Third Ward Alderman Brian Griffith

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.
Brian Griffith Lamar, Missouri
  Fourth Ward Alderman Bill Talbott

Bill Talbott and his wife, Sandy, have been married for 49 years.  They have 7 children, 22 grandchildren, and 3 great grandchildren.
Bill graduated from Liberal High School. He has been a citizen of Lamar for 49 years.  He served 2 years in the U.S. Marine Corps and 7 years in the local Army National Guard.   Bill worked in the auto body repair for 21 years and insurance adjuster for 3 years.  He worked for the City of Lamar in the Water distribution wastewater collection department for over 20 years.  Bill has been serving on the Lamar City Council for 4 years.
Bill is retired and likes to hunt, fish, restore guns and woodwork.
Bill ran for Lamar City Council to help keep Lamar a strong and healthy community for himself and others to raise their family in.



Bill Talbott Lamar, Missouri
  Fourth Ward Alderman Harold VanDeMark

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 two 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
Harold VanDeMark Lamar, Missouri