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City Administrator
The City Administrator's office is comprised of 4 full time personnel. 


The Organizational structure for the City Administrator's office is as follows:
  • City Administrator: John Sweet
  • Community Development Coordinator: Audree Aguilera
  • Administrative Assistant/ Human Resources/ Payroll: Sandy Taverner
  • City Inspector: Larry Brownell


It is the City Administrator's job is to make sure the policy decisions made by the City Council are carried out and that public services are delivered efficiently and effectively. 

The City Administrator is responsible for:

  • Making recommendations to the Council, which the Council may accept, reject, or modify
  • Implementing any action taken by the Council
  • Making budget recommendations to the City Council
  • Overseeing nearly all aspects of City Administration

John Sweet, City Administrator is also the Community Rating System (CRS) Coordinator, is our community contact person for questions about flood insurance. Mr. Sweet can be reached by phone at 620 (257-2320) or by email at . Citizens can also come by the City Shop but staff may be out on call. Mr. Sweet can explain how flood insurance works. You’ll need to contact an insurance agent for an actual quote. Mr. Sweet can offer information and advice about coverage and how to find an insurance agent and can look on flood insurance coverage information at

The City of Lyons offers information on historically flooding such as site specific past flood locations and high water marks throughout City of Lyons and just outside of city limits. A representative from the City of Lyons can make site visits, as needed, to your home or property to review flooding, drainage, and sewer problems and can provide one-on-one advice to a property owner regarding flooding and drainage issues on private property. The City of Lyons offer advice and assistance with structural and non-structural flood protection, retrofitting and mitigation measures, including flood insurance. You can contact the City of Lyons Floodplain Manager and CRS Coordinator, John Sweet by calling 620 257-2320. We have contacts for inquires on financial assistance through Rice County, the Kansas Department of Commerce and the Kansas Department of Emergency Management. We do have contacts with staff from Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Kansas Department of Agriculture’s Division of Water Resources when more assistance is needed.

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John Sweet
City Administrator

201 West Main
Lyons, KS  67554

Ph: (620) 257-2320

Monday - Friday
8:00 am - 5:00 pm