Search Press Releases

Press Release Archive

Press Releases

  |   Views: 4881

City of Lee’s Summit Announces New Assistant City Manager

City of Lee’s Summit Announces New Assistant City Manager

The City of Lee’s Summit is pleased to announce the selection of Donna Lake as assistant city manager. Lake begins her position on Feb. 6 where she will support and direct various aspects of the City’s operations and lead the implementation of a number of strategic plan initiatives for the community.

“We are excited to welcome Donna to the City. Her depth of experience implementing successful programs and initiatives will be a tremendous addition to our team as we look to the future of our City,” said City Manager Mark Dunning. “Donna is a highly regarded organizational leader with a passion for public service. I am confident she will serve the City of Lee’s Summit well as we work to advance our strategic goals.”

Lake brings more than 30 years of public sector experience to this role, most recently serving as fire chief for the City of Kansas City, Missouri where she provided executive leadership and administered a $214 million budget. She created the Fire Chief’s Six Areas of Focus to address challenges such as community outreach, workforce development, and equity and inclusion. Lake developed the Community Paramedic Program to meet the healthcare needs of the unhoused and reduce the burden of high utilizers on the emergency response system.

Before becoming fire chief, Lake served in the Kansas City, Missouri City Manager’s Office as assistant city manager overseeing public safety, IT consolidation, and planning and coordination of city-wide events. She previously served as assistant fire chief where she administered a $166 million budget, provided oversight for all internal financial divisions and developed an innovative fleet replacement program that has been adopted by fire departments across the nation.

"I am excited to join the City of Lee's Summit team and bring my experience and energy to the projects I'll be working on in this thriving community,” said Lake. “I've been honored to serve the residents of Kansas City for more than 30 years and will bring that level of commitment to the residents of Lee's Summit."

Lake joins Assistant City Manager Christal Weber and Assistant City Manager Ryan Elam as City Manager Mark Dunning’s executive leadership team.

Lake holds a bachelor’s degree in public relations from the University of Central Missouri and a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Kansas. She is a member of the University of Kansas School of Public Affairs and Administration Board, the International City and County Manager’s Association, the International Association of Emergency Managers and the Mid-America Regional Coordinating Council where she serves as co-chair of the Regional Homeland Security Coordinating Council. She holds the following certifications: Cornell University Certificate Program in Diversity and Inclusion and Certified Facilitator/Advanced Facilitator from the Mid-America Regional Council. Lake is a Command Level Peer Support Team Member and a licensed EMT.

Print

Latest Press Releases

Lee’s Summit Water Utilities Receives Two Customer Service Awards
Lee’s Summit Water Utilities Receives Two Customer Service Awards

Lee’s Summit Water Utilities Receives Two Customer Service Awards

Lee’s Summit Water Utilities is proud to announce the receipt of two prestigious customer service awards recognizing its commitment to excellence in serving the Lee’s Summit community. The ETC Institute’s Leading the Way award was given to Lee’s Summit Water Utilities to recognize its ranking in the top 10% of municipalities for outstanding performance in core areas assessed in the DirectionFinder® Survey. During 2023, ETC Institute...
Bush Fire Ignited by Fireworks Spreads to House
Bush Fire Ignited by Fireworks Spreads to House

Bush Fire Ignited by Fireworks Spreads to House

On Sunday, February 11, 2024, at 9:52 p.m., the Lee's Summit Fire Department responded to a reported structure fire in the 1200 Block of North Ranson Road in Greenwood, Missouri. Callers said fireworks caught a bush on fire next to the house, and it spread to the building. When the fire department arrived, smoke was visible from the eaves of a one-story, single-family residence. All of the occupants were safe outside. Firefighters extinguished the fire outside...
House Fire Sends One Person to the Hospital
House Fire Sends One Person to the Hospital

House Fire Sends One Person to the Hospital

 On Saturday, February 3, 2024, at 1:37 a.m., the Lee's Summit Fire Department responded to a reported structure fire at the Rising Star Ranch, 2807 NW Chipman Road. An occupant of a house at the ranch called 911 to report an explosion and fire with one person injured. When the fire department arrived, a small one-story house and a nearby utility trailer were heavily involved in the fire. The occupants of the house were outside. One of the occupants was...
City of Lee’s Summit Statement on Stadium Sales Tax

City of Lee’s Summit Statement on Stadium Sales Tax

The City of Lee’s Summit’s Legislative and Intergovernmental Relations Committee released the following statement related to the actions of the Jackson County Legislature and the county executive as they pertain to the Chiefs and Royals stadiums: “For more than 50 years the Kansas City Chiefs and Royals have been significant contributors to the economy of Jackson County, the state of Missouri and the bi-state area. The citizens of Jackson County...
Extension Cords Used with a Space Heater Causes Fire
Extension Cords Used with a Space Heater Causes Fire

Extension Cords Used with a Space Heater Causes Fire

On Tuesday, January 16, 2024, at 10:46 a.m., the Lee's Summit Fire Department responded to a structure fire in the 300 Block of NE Parks Edge Place. The occupants smelled smoke but did not see anything. When the smoke alarms started to sound, they discovered smoke from the basement stairs and a fire. They called 911 and evacuated the building.   When the fire department arrived, smoke was visible inside a two-story, single-family residence. Everyone...
135Last