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City of Independence
Visit our website at: http://www.independenceks.gov/Employment-50360.asp to review a list of open positions and download an application. Applications
for open positions are accepted at the Kansas Works Office. Please note that all
City employees are required to live within Montgomery County within 6 months of
employment. All public safety employees (Police and Fire/EMS) are required to
live within the following boundaries: County Road 3000 north to County Road
6200 and from County Road 2700 to County Road 5700. Click here for a boundary map.
Independence is located in Montgomery County in the southeast corner of
Kansas and has a population of 9,846. Independence has a strong industrial base
with a "Hometown Atmosphere" and consider ourselves to be, in part, a rural
community with many farming sites in the area surrounding the City.
Independence also has a historical downtown district and was named one of the
first Main Street cities in Kansas. The 140 year history of our City includes
pioneer stories (Little House on the Prairie), oil magnates (Harry Sinclair),
stately mansions, the first lighted baseball stadium, the first monkey to go
into space (Ms. Able), a presidential candidate (Alf Landon), a Broadway
playwright (William Inge) where the community annually celebrates the William
Inge Festival honoring a different famous playwright each year in April, a movie
star (Vivian Vance), a TV journalist (Bill Kurtis), FDIC Chair (Sheila Bair), an
academy award winner (Donald Burt) and one of Kansas' largest celebrations "Neewollah
" (Halloween spelled backwards) just to name a few.
Riverside Park and Ralph Mitchell Zoo
When you visit our City be sure to stop by our 124 acre park and zoo.
Ralph Mitchell Zoo contains approximately 200 animal species. In addition to the
zoo, Riverside Park contains a new aquatic center, new tennis courts, a
miniature golf course, a miniature train and a merry-go-round which only cost 5
cents to ride. Riverside Park also contains one of the Sinclair Dinosaurs
(Corythosaurus) that was featured at the 1964 World's Fair in New York. In
addition, the park has several park buildings which are available for rent. For
more information, please visit our Park webpage or call City Hall at (620)
Memorial Hall and Civic Center
If you are organizing a convention, meeting, banquet or concert be sure to
check out our newly renovated Memorial Hall and Civic Center located at
Penn/Locust. The Memorial Hall building is equipped with wireless internet and
includes a nearly 2000 seat auditorium with the latest computerized sound,
lighting and stage rigging equipment, a large Civic Center suitable for large
banquets, a large meeting room equipped with a ceiling mounted projector, built
in audio and an automatic screen, plus several other smaller meeting rooms which
are all available for rent. For more information, please visit our Memorial
Hall webpage or call (620) 332-2508.
If you are considering relocating to our City then you may be interested in
learning more about Eisenhower Subdivision which is a new subdivision that is
being constructed by the City and Independence Housing Authority. This new
subdivision will consist of 28 new homes in which 21 of the homes are completed,
some of which are currently available. In addition to this subdivision there
are also homes available for sale at various price ranges throughout the
community to meet your needs. If you would like more information about
available housing, please visit our Housing Authority webpage or call April
Nutt, Housing Director at (620) 332-2536.
Independence has an award-winning public school system which enrolls
approximately 1,900 students in grades K-12. The Kansas State Department of
Education recently recognized Independence USD 446 for achieving the rigorous
Standard of Excellence in 12 categories and The Confidence in Kansas Public
Education Task Force has twice awarded Independence Middle School its
prestigious Certificate of Merit for outstanding achievement in mathematics.
Standard & Poor's School Evaluation Services also recognized USD 446 for
significantly narrowing the achievement gap between economically disadvantaged
and high-performing students.
In February 2009, Independence USD 446 voters approved a $45.1 million
school bond issue to fund construction of a new elementary school for grades
3-5; major renovations to Independence Middle School, and major renovations and
upgrades to Independence High School, including a new performing arts center,
state-of-the art science wing, library/media center, and a new competition
gymnasium. For more information on the Independence public schools, please
or call (620) 332-1800.
Independence Public Library
We also offer a relaxing atmosphere and comfortable seating in our new
three-story library located at 220 East Maple. There are over 25 public access
computers, as well as wireless internet available. You can visit our website at
to view a listing
of the fantastic programs which we offer free to our community. We carry the top
bestsellers as well as old favorites, books on CD and tape, and books on
PlayAway®, (an MP3 device with the book already loaded on it, you just plug in
your earphones and enjoy). We subscribe to over 100 magazines and newspapers.
Our selection of DVDs includes many current titles as well as classics,
documentaries, and children's titles. Our friendly staff can help you with
whatever you need, from finding a book among the 325,000 items available through
our SEK-n-Find catalog, to finding information you need online. Our
knowledgeable Kansas Room volunteers can help with genealogy questions and
research, or you are welcome to use our three microfilm machines to view local
newspapers that date back to the early 1800s, or access the International
version of Ancestry.com® for free. Children can play with puppets, games, and
computers in our Children's library. We have many wonderful children's books for
them to browse through, as well as videos and magazines. For more information,
contact Julie at (620) 331-3030.
If you are considering relocating or expanding your business in
Independence, we do have two main industrial parks with available acreage for
your business. The Airport Industrial Park is located southwest of the City and
is currently home to various businesses including Cessna Aircraft. The West
Laurel Industrial Park is located on the west side of the City and plans are
underway to construct a new water tower within this industrial park in the near
future. If you would like specific industrial site and economic development
incentive information, please visit our Economic Development webpage or
contact Micky Webb, City Manager at (620) 332-2506 or Aaron Heckman, Montgomery
County Action Council at (620) 331-3830. For other business support, contact
the Chamber of Commerce at (620) 331-1890 or Independence Main Street at (620)
We sincerely appreciate the support of the citizens we serve and look forward
to also serving those who wish to visit or relocate to our community. Thank you
for visiting our website.
Rick Mott, Mayor