The Goodland City Commission is comprised of five members elected at large. Each year the Commission chooses one of their members to serve as their chairperson. This individual is referred to as the Mayor, however under this form of government this position has no more authority than any other commissioner.
The City Commission meets on the first and third Mondays of each month. If a regularly scheduled meeting falls on an official city holiday, the meeting is re-scheduled to the next business day. The City Commission meeting begins at 5:00 p.m. in the Commission Room located on the second floor of City Hall, 204 West 11th Street. All formal actions of the Commission are considered during these meetings.
All meetings of the Commission are open to the public and are accessible to persons with disabilities. In limited cases the City Commission is allowed to discuss certain issues in an "executive session" closed to the public, however the Commission must take any formal action in open session.
Annette Fairbanks- Mayor
Annette was elected to the Commission in April 2005 and re-elected in 2007 and again in 2011. She was elected Vice-Mayor by the Commission in both 2011 and 2012. In April 2013, Annette was elected by the Goodland City Commission to serve as the second ever female Mayor in Goodland, KS. Annette was born and raised in Kansas City, but has lived in Goodland since 1979. She and her husband Jerry have three children that are graduates of Goodland High School and Kansas State University. Annette is a licensed and bonded abstract and title agent. She is the owner and manger of Teeters Abstract Company. She played an active role in getting Steever Water Park built in 2001 and has always enjoyed working on projects to keep Goodland moving forward in a positive direction. She is involved with various boards and community events. Having the knowledge of how a City operates and understanding and working together to achieve a goal are some of her favorite things about being a Commissioner. Annette feels that a positive community attitude and our mid-west values are essential to the future of Goodland.
John Garcia- Vice-Mayor
John was elected to the Commission in 2003 and re-elected in both 07 and 09. He served as Mayor in 2011 and 2012 and has been re-elected this year to the Commission for a 2 year term. John was selected as Vice-Mayor for the 2013 year. John was born and raised in Edinburg, Texas. He and his wife Nora along with his two girls moved to Goodland in 1976. Garcia worked for Caldwell's Inc. as the credit manager for sixteen years before venturing out to open Garcia's Home Furnishing and Appliances in December of 1994. In 1998, John was awarded the Kansas Department of Commerce and housing for Minority Owned Retail Firm in the State of Kansas. He has been involved with the Sherman County Economic Development Board, and Goodland Activity Center Board, Goodland Regional Medical Center Board. John is a member of Rotary, Sherman County Leadership and the Nazarene Church. His involvement in the community over the years includes such things as motivational speaking and being master of ceremonies for several area group banquets.
Gary is a lifelong Sherman County resident and has served on the Commission since his election in 2011. In 2012 Gary was elected to an additional 4 year term and is excited to continue serving the City of Goodland. Gary went to school in Edson, KS and after graduating he attended college at Fort Hays State University. He then operated Farris Bros. harvesting for a number of years. Gary moved from the country into Goodland fifteen years ago to expand his business Farris Manufacturing. Gary has two children.
Brian is the newest member of the City Commission as well as Goodland native. He was elected in 2013 to serve a 4 year term. Brian is currently the Chief Financial Officer of Frontier Ag, Inc. and has been actively involved in the production of agriculture all his life. He has a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Kansas State University and is currently enrolled in an online MBA program through Oklahoma State University. Brian is an agricultural producer in Sherman County and has served in several professional associations, including the Goodland Ambassadors as President and the Goodland Area Chamber of Commerce. He serves as the Head Deacon at First Baptist Church, and enjoys playing the drums for the worship team. Brian and his wife, Janda, have three children: Annika (9), Mirari(6), and Blair (6), and they enjoy boating, biking, skiing, billiards, dancing, and movies.
Jenifer grew up in Plainville, Kansas, upon graduating from High School, she attended Fort Hays State University. In 1998, Jenifer and her husband, Kevin, moved to Goodland, where Kevin grew up. They share a ten year old son, Blake, and a one year old daughter, Taylor. Jenifer considers herself blessed to be able to work, play, volunteer, and raise their children in a community as fine as Goodland. All communities have challenges to overcome, but Goodland has a great deal to offer and many wonderful citizens. Jenifer feels it is a true honor to serve as Commissioner.