Mayors the other first responders

Many Kansas mayors are showing strong leadership in dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic.



May 1, 2020 - 4:14 PM

Topeka mayor Michelle De La Isla, left, was in Iola earlier this year. Photo by Vickie Moss / Iola Register

Among U.S. governors, Kansas’ Laura Kelly and her advisors rank among the clearest and most decisive in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Unfortunately, governors face limitations. Residents — and viruses — often cross state lines, and Kansas shares its most-populated border with Missouri, whose governor was far slower to respond and now seeks to lift stay at home orders prematurely. 

Also most law enforcement is handled by the local, not state governments. This makes mayors key allies, leaders, and decision makers in times of crisis. Around here, some mayors have shown strong leadership while others have struggled.

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