County Administrator's Office

Location: County Administrator: Hours: Contact:
City Hall
701 N 7th St, Suite 945
Kansas City, KS
Doug Bach Monday - Friday
8:00AM - 5:00PM
P: (913) 573-5030 F: (913) 573-5540 E: Email
Assistant  County Administrators

Gordon Criswell

P: (913) 573-5030
F: (913) 573-5540
Gordon Criswell was appointed Assistant County Administrator for the Unified Government of Wyandotte County, Kansas City, KS in February of 2007. His direct reports consist of the following departments:
He has (28+) years of progressively increasing responsibility in state and local government management and administration in addition to spending (15) years in the Non-Profit arena as a licensed Clinical Social Worker.
BAA: University of Arkansas at Fayetteville:  Cultural Anthropology & Sociology
M.A.: Kansas University:  Social Welfare & Public Administration
NFBPA Mentor/Protege Program in 1990
Kansas Governor's Fellowship in Public Administration
Community Leadership Initiative Training through the Kansas Health Foundation

He currently serves on the board of directors of several organizations including the local Kansas/Missouri Chapter of NFBPA, Wyandotte County United Way and the Bethel Neighborhood Center. His civic interests include leadership development, the arts and access to primarily health care services. Gordon is married with one adult child. In his spare time, he enjoys listening to Jazz, reading and fly fishing. 
Joe Conner

P: (913) 573-5030
F: (913) 573-5540
Joseph M. Connor was appointed Interim Assistant County Administrator position in April, 2014. As assistant county administrator, Connor is responsible for managing major projects, leading recruitment and hiring efforts for executive-level positions, providing direct oversight of:

He also oversights other divisions as assigned; supervising and directing staff; expediting resolution of certain matters in the County Administrators Office and providing special research and support to the County Administrator.
Before Connor’s appointment to the position of County Administrator, he served as the Director of the Public Health Department for the Unified Government of Wyandotte County/Kansas City, KS. As Director, he was responsible for managing one of the largest departments in the local government.  The department is made up of  (4) divisions:
  • Personal Health Services
  • Environmental Health
  • Air Quality
  • Emergency Preparedness
Joe has been employed by the former Wyandotte County government since May, 1985.  He began as a staff accountant for the County Auditor’s office and held business manager’s positions in the Community Corrections, Department of Corrections and the County’s Business Office. While in those positions his duties consisted of administering the inmate funds and commissary for the Adult Detention Center, overseeing the budgets of the Sheriff’s Department and Juvenile Detention Center and implementing centralized purchasing initiatives for the County.

B.A: Emporia State University: Accounting
M.A.: University of Saint Mary-Leavenworth: Business Administration

In addition he has participated in the Kansas City, KSC hamber of Commerce Business/Education Coalition, graduate of Leadership 2000, and currently serving on the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), Harvesters-The Community Food Network and is the Chair of the Information Network of Kansas Governing Board.
Melissa Mundt

P: (913) 573-5030
F: (913) 573-5540
Melissa Sieben joined the Unified Government’s County Administration team in 2015. She brings (18) years of municipal experience. Sieben is responsible for providing direct oversight of County and City departments such as:

Sieben has acquired a great deal of experience during her career in public service. Before her appointment to the position of County Administrator, she worked for the City of Ames, Iowa as the Assistant City Manager from June 2012 - March 2015. She worked directly with Human Resources, Finance, Parks and Recreation, Fleet and Facilities, Transit (CyRide), Library, and the City Attorney.  She also played a direct role in the executive management of the City’s Excellence Through People initiative that emphasized exceptional customer service and an enjoying and stimulating work environment.  Sieben who is a native of Ames, Iowa was privileged to co-chair Ames 150th birthday in 2014 during her time in Ames. Her major assignment as Co-Chair was coordinating the Events Committee for Ames’ historic free community festival that was the main event denoting the Sesquicentennial of Ames.  She also worked with the Main Street Cultural District, Campustown Action Association, Ames Chamber of Commerce and Ames Convention and Visitors Bureau to enhance collaboration on a variety of community projects and initiatives.

Sieben has also worked in Illinois and Kansas. She worked for the City of Gardner, KS as the Assistant City Administrator, as well as Interim City Administrator during her (9) year tenure.  She was responsible for many aspects of the daily operations, including the budget and city wide communications. She worked closely with City departments to improve service, through implementation of a performance measurement system and focused on process improvements and efficiencies in operations of the organization. She recommended changes in personnel, policies and procedures, budget prioritizations as well as technology enhancements.

She is knowledgeable of every aspect of the services and programs that are provided through the departments and divisions in municipal government.  She enjoys engaging employees in process improvement and innovation in delivery of local government services.

MA: University of Kansas:  Public Administration - Local Government Management

She is a credentialed manager through the International City/County Management Association (ICMA), and a member of the Downtown Kansas City, KS, Rotary Club. Melissa was also privileged to be elected and served on the ICMA Executive Board of Directors.  She has also served on multiple task forces for ICMA; including the Task Force on Women in the Profession and the Task Force on Strengthening Inclusiveness.  Melissa is also involved in a variety of ways with the Iowa State Alumni Association of Kansas City, having served as president and event coordinator.