Topeka, Kansas


Topeka commences recruitment for next City Manager

The City of Topeka is excited to announce the commencement of the recruitment campaign for the City Manager position. The job posting and position description can be found at The posting comes after a public input survey, where nearly 200 responses from community members were received. The City of...

Futures2045 Metropolitan Transportation Plan draft document released for public comment

The Metropolitan Topeka Planning Organization (MTPO) is pleased to announce the completion of the Futures2045 Metropolitan Transportation Plan draft document. The draft document is available for review and public comment May 13, 2022, through June 12, 2022. The draft document can be viewed online at The Topeka community and surrounding residents are encouraged to review the document and provide feedback on the site.

City of Topeka to donate 1,200 desktop computers to qualifying residents

The City of Topeka’s new digital equity program, TSC – Get Digital, is giving out 1,200 desktop computers to qualifying applicants. The desktop computers are available for 60 and older residents living within the City of Topeka city limits. To qualify, residents must receive SNAP, Medicaid, SSI, Federal Public Housing Assistance, Veterans Pension Benefit Program, or have a household income that is less than 200% of federal poverty guidelines on an annual basis.

KDOT announces early phases of Polk Quincy Viaduct project to begin this summer

In July 2021, Governor Laura Kelly announced that as part of the Eisenhower Legacy Transportation Plan (IKE), the Polk-Quincy Viaduct project in Topeka was placed into the construction pipeline. The project expands I-70 from four lanes to six lanes from MacVicar Avenue to Topeka Boulevard, replaces the existing viaduct by flattening the curve on I-70 at Third Street, and makes improvements for motorists traveling through or entering downtown Topeka.

City of Topeka receives $1.7 million to help house homeless

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced the City of Topeka will receive $1.7 million to fund its homeless housing and service program, Shelter Plus Care. The City was awarded an additional $51,737 in planning funds to help the homeless population. This announcement comes one day after...

City of Topeka releases 2022 ‘Point in Time Homeless Count’ results

Over the last year, Topeka and Shawnee County saw its homeless population grow, according to the annual Point in Time Homeless Count. The count took place on Wednesday, January 26, 2022. The one-day event provides a snapshot of the individuals in our community who are experiencing homelessness, as defined by the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Nearly 50 people helped with this year’s count.

Randy Phillips hired as Topeka’s Fire Chief

Interim City Manager Bill Cochran announced Wednesday that Randy Phillips was selected to be the next Fire Chief for the City of Topeka. Chief Phillips has 26 years of experience in fire service, all of which has been spent at the Topeka Fire Department (TFD). Chief Phillips rose through TFD’s ranks, and had been serving as the Interim Deputy Chief since December 2021.

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Karen Hiller, Sylvia Ortiz (Chair), and Michael Padilla. On August 25, 2020, a Special Meeting of the Governing Body was held to hear from members of the community about matters regarding the Topeka Police Department. The video for that meeting can be found, here. At the September 1, 2020 Governing Body Meeting, Mayor Michelle De La Isla requested Deputy Mayor Tony Emerson to create a special committee of City Council members to continue the conversations of topics brought to the Governing Body about areas of policing. The goal will be to present concerns from community members, as well as to allow for educating the community about the various aspects of the Topeka Police Department, in order to become more aware of what Topeka currently has and where more change is needed.