Shane Walker Begins As New Fort Scott City Commissioner

Shane Walker, 53, is the new Fort Scott City Commissioner, replacing Pete Allen who resigned last month.

Walker is the Chief Information Officer (CIO) for Bourbon County.

He has 10 years experience in a corporate setting, five years running his own business and 18 years of local government experience, he said. He has also been a firefighter for 10 years and has served on a regional Homeland Security board through the State of Kansas.

Walker’s education history involves multiple schools and programs mainly in information technology from IBM, Cisco, Sun and Microsoft.

Currently, he is involved in the community as a part of Gunn Park Trails, a volunteer mountain bike trail group; is the local Historic Preservation Association Vice President and is in the Knights of Columbus.

He and his wife have four daughters.

Walker applied for the city commissioner vacancy because he wants to “help make Fort Scott a better place that my kids want to come back to, after college, and live.”

His first meeting as a commissioner was April 5.

The duties of Fort Scott City Commissioners are to set policy, procedures and budgets, he said.

The commission meets the first and third Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m. at City Hall, 123 S. Main.

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