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Mayor and City Commission

From the date of its incorporation, October 18, 1894, until July 3, 1908, the City Government was operated under State law, which provided for the election of all officials by direct vote of the people.


In 1908 the City adopted its first charter form of government.  This Charter contained twenty articles and divided the City into six wards; the governing body consisted of a Mayor and a councilman from each ward, all elected by voters of the City.

Since 1930, Shawnee has operated under a managerial form of government.  The commission appoints a City Manager, who has charge of all the departments of the City.  The Board of Commissioners pass all ordinances and must confirm all appointments made by the City Manager.   It is purely representative in form; the power is derived directly from the people.

The Mayor and City Commissioners serve without compensation in accordance with the City's Charter.  Term of office is four years or until a successor is elected and qualified.  

Commission meetings are the 1st and 3rd Monday of each month starting at 6:00 pm.  You can watch the meeting live on Channel 3 or via a live stream which can be found here.  Information about the Mayor and City Commissioners appear below:

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Mayor
Ed Bolt
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Term: 2020 - 2024

Ed Bolt graduated from Mustang High School and attended the University of Oklahoma as a Political Science Major.  He has been a Shawnee resident since 2002.   He worked 29 years for AT&T where his final assignment was as a Regional Sales Manager for State Government and Higher Education.  Since retirement in 2008, Mr. Bolt started his own photography business in Shawnee and opened a photo studio and art gallery on East Main St.  He bought a condemned building and completely rebuilt it in an effort to help revitalize our downtown area.  Ed is very active in a number of local civic organizations.  He serves as Community Coordinator for Safe Events for Families, Vice Chair for Historic Shawnee Alliance, and Secretary for Visit Shawnee Inc.
Ed and his wife, Phyllis, attend St. Benedict Catholic Church and Wesley United Methodist Church.

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Ward 1 Commissioner:
Daniel Matthews
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Term: 2018 - 2022

Daniel Matthews is a life-long Shawnee resident and currently serves as the Executive Director of Community Market of Pottawatomie County.  For two decades, Daniel has worked in the non-profit sector, he last served as the VP of Finance and Operations at Family of Faith Christian University. He has also served as an Executive Pastor and led local ministry operations, as well as, coordinating international work of the organization in 16 countries. His grandfather recounted his local work on food insecurity and challenged Daniel to do the same.  Interest turned to passion, as Daniel began building a team of community stakeholders to end hunger in his community.  This passion has led to influence and opportunity on the state and national level and shaped his personal mission statement: “Until there are no hungry homes.”  Outside of work, Daniel loves all things sports and travel.  He is an OSSAA Basketball official and has a passion for the game.

Daniel is a graduate of Family of Faith Christian University with a bachelor’s degree in Church Ministry.  He is currently pursuing a master’s degree in public and Non-Profit Administration.  He currently sits on the board of United Way of Pottawatomie County and the Heartland Christian Athletic Association. He and his wife Yasha have 4 children. 


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Ward 2 Commissioner 
Cami Engles

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Term: 2020 - 2024

Bio Coming Soon


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Ward 3 Commissioner
Travis Flood

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Term: 2020 - 2024

Commissioner Travis Flood was raised in Lindsay, Oklahoma where he lived until moving to Houston, Texas to attend Universal Technical Institute. After receiving a degree in Diesel and Automotive Technology, he returned to Oklahoma working in the oil field as a mechanic. In 2005 Travis moved to Shawnee to attend Oklahoma Baptist University. While attending OBU he worked in construction and was a bi-vocational minister. In 2009 he left Shawnee to pursue pastoral positions until he returned in 2014 to begin working with Community Renewal, where he currently serves as Friendship House coordinator. He and his wife Abby have two children Audrey and Jake.

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Ward 4 Commissioner
Darren Rutherford

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Term: 2020 - 2024
Bio coming soon

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Ward 5 Commissioner
Mark Sehorn

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Term: 2018 - 2022
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Ward 6 Commissioner
Ben Salter

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Term: 2018 - 2022

Commissioner Ben Salter moved to Shawnee in 1952.  His parents had purchased the Cresent Drug Store located in the Elks building at 9th & Broadway.  Ben grew up being a “Soda Jerk”.  Ben enjoyed serving two terms on the Shawnee Planning Commission. He was chairman for one year.  Salter has lived in Shawnee for 68 years and in Ward 6 for 48 years.  He is married to Alice Lowe Salter and they have two grown children, Sara and Jon. He enjoys the activities of his four granddaughters, ages 7 to 16.

 He was employed at Shawnee Medical Center Hospital as Director of Respiratory Therapy.  He later became the first Marketing and Public Relations Director, also serving as volunteer leader.  In 1987 he went to work for Express Employment Professionals as an employee recruiter. Though now retired, Ben has been active in Shawnee, serving as drive chairman then president of Shawnee United Way, and chairperson of membership service for the Shawnee Chamber of Commerce.  Salter served on several boards including Red Cross, Camp Fire Boys and Girls.  He led a hospital Explorer Scout group and was also former Shawnee Rotarian.  An Army veteran, he served in Vietnam.  He is a member of Central Church of Christ.