March 8, 2022
Lee’s Summit City Council is pleased to announce the selection of Mark Dunning as the next City Manager for the Town of Lee’s Summit effective September 17, 2022. City Council unanimously approved a first reading of the employment contract during of the March 8 board meeting. A final vote will take place at the March 15 board meeting. Dunning will replace Stephen Arbo who will retire in September after 20 years with the City.
“Mark brings a wealth of experience to this role. His vast knowledge of economic development and infrastructure, as well as his effectiveness in managing large-scale projects, were significant factors in his selection by City Council,” said Mayor Bill Baird. “He is a highly regarded leader with an incredible work ethic. He values community relations and collaboration, and will give his all for the Lee City Summit.
Dunning is an accomplished local government professional with over 24 years of experience in the public sector. He is currently the Deputy Director of Infrastructure and Development for the City of Lee’s Summit, where he oversees public works, water services and development services. Dunning began his career with the City as a building inspector, which led to a number of key roles, including Director of Codes Administration, Director of Redevelopment, Center Manager of Development and Deputy City Manager of Development Services, Communications, Cultural Arts and Information Systems.
During his tenure with the City, Dunning led the organization on issues including economic development, business process improvements, strategic planning activities, and the City’s plan to develop the Downtown Market Plaza. Dunning’s focus on using innovation to streamline processes resulted in the creation of the City Development Center, a one-stop resource for those who do business with the city.
“I am grateful to have had the opportunity to serve the City for the past 20 years,” said City Manager Stephen Arbo. “I am pleased that the City Council has chosen Mark Dunning as the next City Manager. It is important to leave the organization and the community in good hands. Mark has dedicated his personal and professional life to the service of others. His leadership and spirit of service will no doubt resonate throughout the organization.
As city manager, Dunning will oversee a city budget of approximately $78 million and a staff of 650 people.
“I want to thank the Mayor and City Council for giving me this opportunity to serve the residents and community stakeholders of Lee’s Summit,” Dunning said. “I look forward to working collaboratively with Council, City employees, residents and the business community as we move forward the many important initiatives already underway. As a long-time resident of Lee’s Summit, I consider it an honor and a privilege to serve in the city I love.
Dunning is a Certified Building Official (CBO) and holds seven other professional certifications by the International Code Council. Dunning holds a bachelor’s degree in construction engineering technology from the University of Central Missouri and a master’s degree in public administration from Park University.