Council Member Lyons has a bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Missouri and a master's in Computer Science from the State University of New York. He is retired from DST Systems, Inc., a financial services company headquartered in Kansas City, Missouri.
Council Member Lyons and his family have lived in Overland Park since 1994.
BSEE University of Missouri
MSCS University of New York
Prior to joining the City Council, Lyons served as chairman of the Overland Park Environmental Advisory Council and as an officer of the Neighborhood Conservation Program Executive Committee.
He also served as co-chairman of the Glenwood Estates Neighborhood and was a member of the Unimproved Residential Street Task Force and the citizens committee for the Matt Ross Community Recreation Center in Downtown Overland Park.
He was a volunteer for the Boy Scouts of America and helped his two sons achieve the rank of Eagle Scout.
8828 Hadley St.
Overland Park, KS 66212
1. Define and execute an implementation plan for the recently completed Forward OP visioning process, which articulates what our citizens want Overland Park to look like over the next 20 years.
2. Invest in our neighborhoods to keep them strong.
3. Continue to attract a diverse, well-educated and talented work force to help expand our business community.
I have served the residents of Ward 2 as city councilman for 12 years. This has given me insight into issues that most affect the community as well as better understanding the limitations of government at the local level. I currently chair the Public Safety Committee where I regularly interact with fire and police officials to insure we maintain a safe and secure city for all residents. Prior to being elected to the city council, I was a neighborhood leader where I worked with city staff and my elected officials about maintaining strong and vibrant neighborhoods.
I would like our city to look at our present zoning laws and identify potential barriers that prevent increasing the number of affordable housing units in the city. Other cities across the nation are implementing new policies to increase the inventory of affordable housing. I am interested in studying what they have done and whether those policies could be implemented in Overland Park. The first step will be to understand the scope of the affordable housing problem in Overland Park and how it relates to the rest of the metropolitan area. I believe a solution also involves improvements to our public transit system to allow workers to commute from longer distances.
I supported a resolution approved by the city council that urged the state to include sexual orientation and gender identity in the state's non-discrimination law. I believe everyone should be treated with respect and deserve to be accepted for who they are. Our city is stronger when its citizens are diverse in culture, experience, beliefs, and lifestyle.
I believe the best course to providing legal protection for LGBTQ+ individuals is at the state and federal level. They have the knowledge, experience and legal authority to adjudicate discrimination violations. I believe a local ordinance would be difficult to enforce.
I was raised in Johnson County and graduated from SMN High School. I worked as an attorney for Johnson County Government nearly 30 years before retiring last year. I have lived in OP for over 20 years with my wife Ruth and formerly served on the Empire Estates Homes Association where I provided volunteer legal services to establish the HOA trash program. I have degrees from Baker University, Washburn Law School and UMKC Law School.
B.A., Baker University
J.D., Washburn Law School
LL.M. Taxation, UMKC Law School
Empire Estates Homes Association Board
1) I would like the City to adopt a mandatory public comment period before city commission meetings in order to encourage resident participation in policy-making decisions.
2) I would like to see the City adopt planning requirements designed to protect existing residential neighborhoods from the potential negative impact that new mixed-use development can have on property values and quality of life. We need to protect Overland Park's great livability rankings on behalf of our residents.
3) I believe the City needs to take a more conservative approach to handing out tax incentives to private developers. I believe development should be driven by market conditions and not by tax subsidies.
I have approximately 30 years of local government experience having served as an Assistant County Counselor with Johnson County Government before retiring in 2018. In that capacity, I provided legal counsel to several county departments including Johnson County Wastewater, Johnson County Med-Act and Johnson County Mental Health. I hold a law degree from Washburn Law School and a Master's degree in Taxation from UMKC Law School.
I agree Overland Park needs more affordable housing especially for seniors on fixed incomes. Currently most low-cost housing programs are managed through Johnson County Government. A factor contributing to the high cost of housing are tax incentives granted to developers for the construction of luxury apartments. This factor should be considered when analyzing requests for tax incentives. If elected, I will work with Johnson County government to develop new programs for affordable housing.
I oppose discrimination of any kind. The issue of whether LGBTQ individuals are protected against discrimination under the federal civil rights act is currently being considered on appeal before the U.S. Supreme Court. Therefore, I believe the city should wait until the Supreme Court rules before adopting an ordinance to avoid adopting provisions that conflict with federal law. If the Supreme Court rules that LGBTQ individuals are not protected by federal law, the issue needs to be revisited and I will need to study the proposed ordinance at that time to make a decision.