Elected Officials Swear In – April 19, 2022

The new elected officials will be sworn in the evening of April 19th at Parkville City Hall at 7:00pm. New elected officials include Tina Welch, Ward 1; Bob Bennett, Ward 2; Stephen Melton; Michael Lee, Ward 4 and myself as Mayor.

Election Day – April 5, 2022

Election day is at the Parkville Presbyterian Church.

Absentee Voting is Open
Posted March 3, 2022

In-person absentee voting is now open for the General Municipal Election on Tuesday, April 5, 2022. If needed, stop by your local election board and compete the absentee ballot. You can also request an absentee ballot by mail until March 23. (Here is a link to the absentee ballot request form: chrome-extension://efaidnbmnnnibpcajpcglclefindmkaj/viewer.html? March 9 is the last day to register to vote for the April 5 election.

Platte Landing Park Survey Results
Posted February 9, 2022

Platte Landing Park survey results are in. The results were overwhelmingly against ball fields in the wetlands. You can see the results by downloading the packet from the Feb 9th joint meeting of the Board of Aldermen and CLARB at this link:

Meet Dean Katerndahl
Posted February 5, 2022

There are two upcoming events to get to meet Dean and ask him questions.

The first is a Zoom meeting being hosted by Kathy Dusenbury on Tuesday, February 15th at 7:oo pm. Here is the link: There will be brief remarks by Kathy and myself and then the rest of the time will devoted to answering your questions. Hope you can make it.

The second event is a reception I am holding on Friday, February 18th from 5:30-7:30 at Samsara, 12 East in downtown Parkville. There will be drink and food and good conversation and a chance to ask me any questions you may have or let me know of issues that are important to you. Hope to see you there.

City Hires New City Administrator
Posted February 2, 2022

The City of Parkville has announced its new city administrator, Alexa Barton. Alexa has extensive experience in the metro area. I know Alexa and have worked with her in the past and I think they have made an excellent choice. For more information go to the city’s webpage.

Kathy Dusenbury to Host Zoom Meeting with Dean
Posted February 1, 2022

Kathy Dusenbury, former Mayor of Parkville, is hosting a Zoom meeting to get acquainted with Dean. Kathy and Dean will make a few comments, but most of the one hour meeting will be devoted to answering questions you have. Hope you can join us. The Zoom meeting is Tuesday, February 15th at 7:oo pm. Here is the link:

City to Reveal Park Survey Results Feb 6th
Posted January 31, 2022

The Parkville Board of Aldermen will meet jointly with the CLARB (Park Board) and reveal and discuss the results of the recent community survey concerning uses of Platte Landing Park.

Dean to Host Get Acquainted Reception
Posted January 8, 2022

Samsara, at 12 East St., in downtown Parkville, is hosting a get acquainted reception for Dean on Friday, February 4th from 5:30 to 7:30. This is a chance to come by and chat with me about Parkville and what you feel should be our priorities. Food and drink will be provided. Stop by. Say hello.

Pinecrest Hosts Mayors Forum
Posted January 2, 2022

The Pinecrest neighborhood is hosting a mayor candidate forum on Wednesday, January 5th at the American Legion hall. Each candidate will be given five minutes to speak and then the candidates will take written questions from the audience.

City Issues Online Platte Landing Park Survey
Posted Dec 19, 2021

The city has just posted an online survey on the uses folks would prefer for Platte Landing Park. This survey is the City’s response to the controversy that was generated by the $2 million + project to locate multiuse fields in the wetlands area of Platte Landing Park. The survey includes questions on what you would like in the park and a number of questions about sports fields with option to select NONE. The survey will be posted until January 1, so make sure to make your voice heard. (

Sunset over western tree line Platte Landing Park

Dean Katerndahl Files for Parkville Mayor
Posted Dec 7, 2021

Press Release
For Immediate Release
December 7, 2021
Contact: Dean Katerndahl (913-449-5340 or

Parkville Mo – Dean Katerndahl made it official today by filing for the position of Parkville Mayor, having announced his intention to run for Mayor in early November.  Over the past 12 years, Dean served as the chair of the Parkville Planning Commission. 

Since announcing his run for the mayoral race, Dean has established a website ( and a Facebook page. The website includes information about Dean and his platform that includes both specific issues currently facing the city and a set of governing principles that would guide him if elected. 

Katerndahl indicated he will focus his campaign on meeting as many voters as possible through community and neighborhood meetings. This will give him a chance to meet face-to-face with Parkville residents, listen to their vision for the city and concerns they may have, and share his agenda and what he offers to the community. “At the heart of good governance is listening to the residents, crafting a vision together, and then working to implement that vision. The campaign will give me a chance to start that process,” Dean said.

Dean Katerndahl Releases Platform
Posted Nov 22, 2021

Dean Katerndahl released his platform for his campaign for Mayor for Parkville. The platform includes both broad principles and specific positions on a number of issues. He anticipates he will continue to update the platform as he meets with residents of the city.

City of Parkville Announces New Ward Map
Posted Nov 18, 2021

The City of Parkville has just announced their new ward map. This represents a substantial change from the past ward map. The new ward map will go into effect for the April 2022 municipal election. The announcement also notes that the city’s population is now over 7,000. For more information see the city’s news release.

Dean Katerndahl Announces Candidacy for Mayor of Parkville

Press Release
For Immediate Release
November 2, 2021
Contact: Dean Katerndahl (913-449-5340 or

Dean Katerndahl Announces Candidacy for Parkville Mayor Race

Parkville, MO – Dean Katerndahl, current Parkville Planning Commission Chair, announced today his intention to run for the position of Mayor of Parkville in April 2022.  Katerndahl’s campaign will focus on his experience, his integrity, and his intention to implement, and continuously revisit, the vision for the city as reflected in the Parkville Master Plan , the Parkville Park Plan, and the governing body’s Strategic Goals and Priorities.

Katerndahl is retired after working for 18 years as the Government Innovations Forum director for the Mid-America Regional Council (MARC), a nine-county association of local governments dedicated to improving service and efficiency in local government operations. In that position he worked with local government city managers, planning directors, and other staff on joint projects spanning multiple communities and states. Prior to his work at MARC, Katerndahl was Director of Development for the city of Kansas City, Kansas, and in that position was responsible for economic development, planning, community development, code enforcement, and building inspection.

Katerndahl has served on the Parkville Planning Commission for over 14 years, working with a number of Parkville’s mayors and city staff, and has been chair of the Commission for the last 12 years. Most recently the Planning Commission completed and adopted a Master Plan for the city informed by extensive resident input.

Dean believes he can use his experience to help Parkville and its residents continue to grow while maintaining its neighborliness and appeal. “We have a jewel of a small community, rich in history and personality, adjacent to all the amenities of a large metropolitan area. Parkville is a wonderful place to live and raise a family. We need to work together as a community continuing to develop our infrastructure and to foster local development in such a way as to maintain that small town charm while making sure we are meeting the needs of all our citizens,” Katerndahl said.

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