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City of Great Bend

City of Great Bend

Located in the center of Kansas, the City of Great Bend is the largest town and the county seat of Barton County. With a population of approximately 16,000, Great Bend is the retail, service, and medical center for several surrounding Kansas counties and communities. Growth is taking place at a rapid rate with the addition of several new businesses, new housing, and a new baseball/softball complex.

Its location in the middle of the Central Flyway makes Great Bend an ideal “home base” for both upland game and waterfowl hunting.  In addition, there are numerous other attractions and activities for the entire family. Included among the many annual celebrations are the June Jaunt, the annual Great Bend Farm and Ranch Show, and our newest addition, the Party in the Park Festival. In addition, we offer championship drag races at the Great Bend Drag Strip, the Barton County Fair and one of the best 4th of July celebrations in the state. You can also enjoy our free zoo and the Wetlands Water Park. The Trail of Lights holiday light display, annual Christmas Parade, “iceless” outdoor skating rink, and the spectacular light display at Jack Kilby Square give Great Bend the feel of a Midwestern Christmas village.

Great Bend is an excellent place to raise a family in a quiet, relaxed environment. The community offers several outstanding schools, both public and private. Our middle school and high school have both been newly remodeled and expanded. Great Bend is also home to Barton County Community College for anyone interested in higher education. Homes are both affordable and available.

Living in Great Bend offers the best of all worlds. It sits at the crossroads of U.S. Highways 56, 156, 96 and 281, giving it excellent transportation advantages. It offers the feeling of a small town atmosphere with all the amenities of a larger community. In addition, its central location in Kansas offers easy access to urban areas.

For additional information on Great Bend, visit www.greatbendks.net.


Thank you for your interest in employment with the City of Great Bend, Kansas. By submitting your application for any position with the City of Great Bend, you understand and agree to the following statements:

  • You represent that the contents of the application are true and correct and that no pertinent information has been omitted.

  • You authorize investigation of any or all statements on the application, and you hold harmless any former employer, acquaintance, or reference for any information provided to the City of Great Bend. Falsification, misrepresentation or omission of information could be just cause for dismissal at any time.

  • You understand that you may be required to take relevant employment testing for the purpose of determining your capability of performing the duties of the position. In the event you need reasonable accommodation for this testing or for the interview process, if selected, you understand that the City of Great Bend will make this accommodation. The City of Great Bend reserves the right to require medical documentation concerning the need for the accommodation.

  • The City of Great Bend is committed to a drug-free workplace and requires pre-employment drug screening for most positions. If you are selected for employment by the City of Great Bend, you agree to participate in the appropriate examinations, determined by the position, which may include a pre-employment physical examination, psychological, and physical endurance examinations. These examinations will be paid for entirely by the City of Great Bend. Costs of transportation and time involved taking the examinations are the responsibility of the applicant.

  • Completion of an employment application does not constitute an offer of employment nor is a completed application considered a contract of employment. Employment with the City of Great Bend is considered “at-will”. The City of Great Bend reserves the right to hire the applicant the City feels is best suited for the position.


  • The City of Great Bend provides, as a sampling, the following benefits for full-time employees:

  • Paid vacation leave after one year of employment.

  • Paid sick leave after three months of employment.

  • Eight paid holidays.

  • Group health insurance through Blue Cross/Blue Shield. The City pays 83% of the total premium cost for either a single or a family plan.

  • Group dental insurance through Delta Dental.

  • 401(a) retirement plan through ICMA Retirement Corporation.

  • 457 deferred compensation plan through ICMA Retirement Corporation.

  • Employee life insurance.

  • Supplemental cancer and accident insurance.

  • Flexible benefits plan for qualifying insurance premiums, unreimbursed medical expenses, and dependent care expenses to be paid with pre-tax dollars.

  • Educational assistance program.

  • Employee assistance program.

The City of Great Bend is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

If you have any questions about employment with the City of Great Bend other than job openings that are listed through this site, please contact:

Randy Keasling, Director of Human Resources
City of Great Bend
P.O. Box 1168
1209 Williams
Great Bend, KS  67530
(620) 793-4111
(620) 793-4108 (fax)