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Oct 04

Verona Columns Incident Update 10/4/21

Posted on October 4, 2021 at 8:34 PM by David Dickey

Fellow Residents:


Public safety will always be THE top priority in our City.  It pains me to write this tonight, but we had a violent, frightening incident this morning that I want to address head-on.


Early this morning, just before sunrise, one of our residents was assaulted by two armed assailants at the Verona Columns during his morning walk.  I first want to wish the best for this resident as he recovers from the physical and psychological events this morning.  Transparently, the assailants fired two shots that, thankfully, missed.


The full police press release can be found HERE.


Our police are actively and aggressively working this event.  It is believed that these same assailants threw debris at a cyclist just before the incident in question (the car’s description matches), and there is speculation that several auto burglaries that occurred last night/this morning may have been carried out by this same duo.


If you have ANY information that may be helpful to the investigation, please call 913-642-5151, the PV police non-emergency number), and report it.  Video is also welcome!


You have the Council’s, police department’s, staff’s and my commitment to communicate fully and openly about this incident.  We want Mission Hills to continue to be the safest community in the metro area – period.


Do not hesitate to reach out to the PV police (see number above), City Hall (913-362-9620 or email  or me directly at


Thank you for your support and vigilance.

Feb 16

Mayor’s Update 2/16/21 (Today’s ARB Cancelled)

Posted on February 16, 2021 at 9:05 AM by David Dickey

Fellow Residents:

A quick note about the current weather conditions.

As many of you have heard, the operator of the electricity grid that covers Kansas and Missouri issued an alert yesterday to reduce power usage.  In conjunction, the grid operator and Evergy, our power provider, began rolling 30-60 minute blackouts to conserve energy.  Those blackouts are likely to continue for the next 48 hours.  As I write this (8:50am) City Hall has no power.

Because of that, we are cancelling today’s (2/16/21) ARB meeting.  A crucial part of our virtual meetings is for all interested parties to have the opportunity to join, and it would be unfair for an interested resident to not have their voice heard because of lack of power.  To all of you who were on today’s agenda, please accept our apologies, but this is certainly a unique circumstance!

Also weather related, most of the chemicals used to melt ice and snow are ineffective at temperatures below about 10-15 degrees (above zero!).  Please take care on our roads given that there will be limited melting and a light snow pack on most.

On a somewhat brighter note, Johnson County’s Covid case and hospitalization rates are the lowest since June.  While the pandemic is still with us, vaccine rollouts continue, and there is proverbial light at the end of the tunnel!

As always, if you have questions or comments, feel free to call City Hall at 913-362-9620 or email  You are always welcome to email me directly at 
Please stay healthy and safe.  

Jan 16

Mayor's New Years Update 2021

Posted on January 16, 2021 at 12:22 PM by David Dickey

Fellow Residents:

I hope this finds you all well into the second week of the new year.  Most of us are glad to put 2020 behind us, and there really is light on the horizon.  Many of you have friends in healthcare who have received their vaccine, and while there have been some delays, the number vaccinated grows every day.  Importantly, thank you for being communicative, flexible and patient.

Four updates for you as we begin 2021:

1) With the new year come several changes in the City.  As you may have already heard, after conducting a national search, we found our new City Administrator in our own back yard.  Jennifer Lee, our long-time Assistant City Administrator, officially started her new role on January 1st.  We are now actively interviewing for a new Assistant.  Finally, thank you to our search committee!

Additionally, we have a new police chief.  Major Byron Roberson was officially appointed to the role this week.  He has been with the force for more than 20 years and will be a fantastic leader.  His predecessor, Tim Schwarzkopf, retired after 5 years as Chief and we thank Tim for his long-time service and leadership.

2) Next week one of the recommendations of the Tomahawk Safety, Beauty and Connectivity Committee goes into effect.  The speed limit on Tomahawk Road, from Mission Road to State Line, will be reduced to 25mph.  This will make 25mph the speed limit on every street interior to the City.  The police will spend time in January helping to educate drivers on this change, which should make walking, biking and even driving on Tomahawk safer.  

3) The pandemic is still with us, so please remain vigilant.  Please continue to limit gathering sizes, maintain social distance and wear masks when in proximity to others.  Please also be thoughtful and give people appropriate social distance in outdoor spaces – whether running on Belinder, walking on Tomahawk, or enjoying our playground and parks.

4) Finally, we finished 2020 with lower crime than 2019 and still the lowest in the metro.  But any one crime is too many, so we continue to need your help.  There has been a recent uptick in auto thefts and burglaries in surrounding communities.  The vast majority are of cars unlocked with the keys in them.  This was true of 90% of the auto crimes in our City in 2020.  Please lock your cars, don’t leave keys in them, and keep valuables out of sight.

As always, if you have questions or comments, feel free to call City Hall at 913-362-9620 or email  You are always welcome to email me directly at  Thank you again – Go Chiefs!

P.S. In the last two snow events, someone has driven ATVs in Hiawassee Park.  In addition to being illegal and dangerous, this time there is damage to the park.  If you saw anything yesterday (1/15), know anything about this or perhaps have a Ring or other camera that looks onto the park, please don’t hesitate to call the police non-emergency line at 913-642-5151.