Administration & Staff

Chris Lowe
City Administrator
Chris Lowe was appointed City Administrator in September of 2011. Prior to his appointment as the City Administrator for Baldwin City, he served as the the assistant city administrator for the city of Warrensburg, MO. and Pleasant Hill, MO. Chris received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Kansas as well as a J.D. from Marquette University Law School. He also holds a master’s degree in public administration from Bowie State University. When asked about accepting the City Administrator position for Baldwin City, Chris enthusiastically replied, “this is a homecoming of sorts for me.” Chris is originally from the Douglas County area, growing up in Pleasant Grove. “I consider the City Administrator position in Baldwin City a destination job. I’m tremendously excited.” Chris and his wife Dara also have 3 boys. Dara, Chris’ wife, is a family physician and maintains a medical practice in the community. The City Administrator is appointed by the City Council & Mayor to manage the daily operations of the City, recommend an annual budget for approval, and serve as a liaison between the public and the governing body.

Collin Bielser
Community Development Director/ Acting City Clerk
Collin joined the City from Eudora, Kansas where he was a management/ecomonic analyst. He is originally from the small town of Colby in northwest Kansas and first became interested in community development and public policy at a young age. When he was in middle school, he had the opportunity to page for both his local State Representative and Senator. He was also very involved in my hometown, both volunteering at the local museum and working at the local library.  Collin holds a joint Master of Urban Planning and Public Administration from the University of Kansas, and has gained valuable experience at various levels of public organizations such as Kansas City’s Metropolitan Planning Organization, Douglas County, Kansas, and now with the City of Baldwin City. In his free time, he enjoys playing the guitar, reading, and spending time with family and friends.

Bradford Smith
Finance Director
Brad and his wife, Linda, live in Olathe.  He joined the staff in August, 2012 as Finance Director.  Most recently Brad worked for the city of Spring Hill in the Finance Department.  His career includes over thirty years in various accounting and technical positions, including over eight years with the international accounting firm of Price Waterhouse.  Brad is a Certified Public Accountant and received his undergraduate degree in accounting from Kansas State University.

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