City Council

Please meet our City Officials & City Council Members


  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 Russ Worsley
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The newest member of The City of Lamar’s government is Russ Worsley. Although raised in neighboring Liberal, MO, Russ has lived in Lamar since 1991. He married Kari (Wegener) in 1992 and together they have one child.
Russ is a graduate of Southwest Missouri State University where he obtained a degree in Industrial Management Technology and has a record of successful business ventures. Before starting with the city, Russ served as the Executive Vice President and Partner of Redneck Outdoor Products. He has also held executive positions with Versa Court International, RSI Home Products, and O’Sullivan Industries. He has extensive experience in international business and equipment procurement.
An avid outdoorsman, Russ enjoys hunting and fishing, skeet shooting, archery and planting food plots. He has served on the Board of Trustees for the Lamar United Methodist Church and the City of Lamar Park Board.
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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 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 has two children, currently serves on his church’s security team and as a volunteer firefighter.  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 H. Kaderly is a lifetime Lamar and Barton County resident and a 1981 graduate of Lamar High School.  Preparatory education, Missouri State University (B.S., 1986, Accounting, Finance); legal education, University of Missouri at Kansas City School of Law (J.D., 1989).  He is a practicing attorney at the Law Offices of Kaderly & Kaderly in Lamar (1989-present).  Public positions held:  Lamar Assistant City Attorney (1990-2001); Lamar City Attorney (2001-present); Lamar City Prosecutor (1990-present); & Mindenmines City Attorney (1998-present); Barton County Prosecuting Attorney (1995-2018).

Steven and his wife Katie have three children.  He is a member of the First Christian Church of Lamar and the Rotary Club of Lamar.  Steven’s hobbies of golf, hunting, fishing, boating, attending sporting events and travel keep him busy.

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Assistant City Attorney Belinda Kaderly

Belinda S. Kaderly is a 1983 graduate of Lamar High School.  Preparatory education, Missouri State University (B.S., 1987, Accounting); legal education, University of Missouri at Columbia School of Law (J.D., 1990).  She is a practicing attorney at the Law Offices of Kaderly & Kaderly in Lamar (1990-present).  Public positions held:  Lamar Assistant City Attorney (2015-present); City Attorney for Golden City (1990-present) & Mindenmines (1998-present); Attorney for Jasper County Juvenile Office.

Belinda has two children and she is a member of the First Christian Church of Lamar.


   Fire Chief  Rick Heinen

Chief Heinen worked for the fire department beginning November 1980.  He was promoted to Fire Chief in September  2019.
  First Ward Alderman Max Simmons

Max Simmons has represented Ward One since April 2011. Max currently serves as Chairman of the Administrative Committee, Chairman of the Utilities Committee, Chairman of the Airport Committee, and serves as a member of the Ordinance Committee. Max is a 1969 graduate of Carl Junction High School. He served 4 years in the United States Navy as an Air Traffic Controller obtaining the rank of E5, Petty Officer 2nd Class. In 1976, Max married Karen Cain who was born and raised in Lamar.  Max worked as an Air Traffic Controller at Kansas City International Airport Radar Approach Control and Control Tower Operator until 1982. In 1983 Max and Karen moved back to Karen’s home town of Lamar where he worked for O’Sullivan Industries in various Sales positions, including Director of International Sales and Director of National Accounts for over 20 years. Max and Karen have two children, Dr. Matthew  Simmons, Ottawa, KS, and Sara Lovell, Branson, MO. Max is retired but still manages the family business which owns the local car wash and truck wash. Max has his pilot’s license and enjoys flying.

  First Ward Alderman Judd Chesnut

Judd Chesnut represents Ward One since October 2007.
Judd Chesnut Lamar, Missouri
  Second Ward Alderman Steve Gilkey

Steve Gilkey currently represents Ward Two and previously represented Ward One.  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.
Mike Hull Lamar Missouri
  Third Ward Alderman Logan Powell                         417-214-6216

Logan Powell is a lifelong resident of Lamar MO.  He is a 1999 graduate of Lamar high school, as well as receiving a bachelor’s in economics and finance from Missouri Southern State University in 2003.  Logan was employed at USBank in Lamar, Mo (1998-2019).  He has achieved USBanks’ annual pinnacle award twice, quarterly award 11 times, and national manager of the year once. He currently works for Community National Bank & Trust in Lamar as a Commercial Loan Officer/Vice President.
Past treasurer of habitat for humanity of Barton County.  Past treasurer of the Barton county Health foundation.  Past trustee of first Baptist church.  Past president of the rotary club of Lamar.   Past chamber of commerce board president
Logan and his wife, Becky, have 3 children. Logan is a member of First Baptist Church, Lamar Rotary Club, and Barton County Chamber of Commerce board member.  His hobbies include youth athletics, hunting, and travel.
  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 Mark Gardner

Mark Gardner represents Ward Four since April 2018.

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