Our City Council

The city council consists of eight members elected from four wards, two per ward. They are responsible for adopting the annual budget, ordinances, and resolutions. They also set policy, approve contracts, and appoint boards and commissions.

Citizens are encouraged to contact their council members via e-mail by the city’s website, through phone calls, or by mail. They are here to serve you and the community.

City Council meets the first and third Tuesday of each month, starting at 5:30 p.m. in Council Chambers located at 427 Court in City Hall. The committee meetings and council meetings are open meetings, and citizens are encouraged to attend.

Learn more about our representatives below!

Mike Peerson, Ward 1

Originally from Fort Smith, Arkansas, I graduated in 1991 from Fort Smith Southside High School and went on to the University of Central Arkansas on a track scholarship. While there, I received a Bachelor of Business Administration with an emphasis in Small Business Management in 1996.

I moved to Clay Center in 2013. My wife Apryl grew up in Clay Center, and we have four teenage children. We love having the opportunity to raise our kids here, where they are receiving a valuable education and learning small town values. As owner of Java Junkies since 2018, I’m excited to be a part of the local business community and dedicated to the growth of our city.

Address: 517 Frederick
Email: mikepeerson72@gmail.com
Phone: 785-447-0075

Phil Kasper, Ward 1

I was born and raised in Clay Center, graduating from CCCHS in 1984. After serving four years in the US Air Force, I returned to Kansas and started a career in Law Enforcement. I served as a police officer and sheriff’s deputy in Riley County, Clay County and the city of Clay Center. In 2004, I switched careers, going to work for KCLY/KFRM Radio working in operations and on the air. Along with KCLY/KFRM, I also work as a Front House Manager at 15-24 Brewhouse in Clay Center. I continue to serve the city as a volunteer firefighter with the Clay Center Fire Department. I enjoy music and have a large collection of vinyl albums and vintage stereo equipment. I also play the trumpet in the Clay Center City Band. I’ve been married to Jolie since 1995, also a native of Clay Center, and we have two children, a son, Jace, who lives in Wichita and a daughter, Jalyn.

Address: 1521 6th Street
Email: phil@kfrm.com
Phone: 785-447-0475

Elton Hess, Ward 2

I was born, raised and intend to spend my life in Clay Center. I have been married to my wife, Nancy Hess of 14 years. I have worked at Hess Salvage, Inc., for over 30 years. We have one daughter, Victoria. She resides in Kansas City. We operated Hess Rentals since 2000 and now own 11 properties. You can say we have invested time and money in Clay Center. I served on the City Council from 1995 to 2003. I believe by rejoining the Council, I can be a voice of the people. Clay Center is the “Fountain of Youth” as this town keeps me feeling young.

Address: 717 Huntress Street
Email: nhess__88@hotmail.com
Phone: 447-3063 (Cell); 632-3515 (Home)

Mike Schultze, Ward 2

I am originally from Ogallala, Nebraska. After graduating high school, I went on to SSC-Milford where I received my associates Degree in Automotive. I moved to Kansas in 1992 and three years later moved to Clay Center. I have been in the Automotive Field for over 20 years. I have been in management for the past 15 years.

My wife Lacy and I have two beautiful children, a son Zachary and a daughter Marissa. I love Clay Center and consider it my home. I am excited to be a part of such a great community. I am looking forward to learning the helping our community strive and grow.

Address: 2635 9th Street
Email: play2pro2@gmail.com
Phone: 630-0172 (Cell)

Karla Sweet, Ward 3

I moved to Clay Center in 1998 when I married my husband, Jeremy Sweet, who is a lifelong resident of Clay Center. My husband and I have two children, Emilee and Aiden. In 2004, I began working at United Bank & Trust where I currently serve as Vice President.  In 2014, I graduated from K-State with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration.

I am excited for the opportunity to serve as a member of the city council and look forward to the many ways in which I can help impact our city’s future growth and development.

Address: 1224 Dexter St.
Emailsweet.karla@ymail.com
Phone: 785-630-0202

Daton Hess, Ward 3

I have lived in Clay Center my entire life. I worked in the construction field at McConnell’s Air Force base in Wichita before going to work for Oetinger-Lloyd Construction. I was a supervisor for them for about 9 years. My past history in construction has helped a lot in the plan to fix Clay Center’s streets. I have been married to my wife Liana for 34 years. We have two girls, Melissa, who is a Pharmacist in Topeka, and Kimberly, who is a teacher in Sioux City, Iowa. We have two grandchildren. I have been on the City council for the last six years and enjoy the challenge of fixing our streets, maintaining an award winning sewer department, and helping to build a budget that will serve Clay Center wisely into the future. Serving on the City Council is a privilege and all elected persons should remember the words of Abraham Lincoln “Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power”. We serve You!

Address: 1209 Sherman Street
Email: daton_59@yahoo.com
Phone: 632-7363 (Cell); 632-5367 (Home)

Don Wright, Ward 4

I am originally from Sedalia, Missouri. After graduating from high School, I joined the U. S. Army. I was a career Soldier with neatly 26 years of service when I retired. I have an Associates Degree in Administration and Management and a Bachelor of Arts in History from Excelsior College. I have lived in Clay County for 15 years and have resided in Clay Center since 2021. I am the manager for Clay County General Public Transportation here in Clay Center. My wife Keri and I have been married for two years. Together we have six children and eight grandchildren. We enjoy Clay Center and the community pride the residents exude. I am thankful for the opportunity serve the people of Ward 4 as one of their representatives.

Address: 1020 7th Street
Email: donaldewrightsr1970@gmail.com
Phone: 447-3675

Glenn Hoover, Ward 4

I am the owner of Hoover Jewelers and have been for the last twenty-seven years. I retired from the U.S. Army after twenty-two years of service. As a business owner, I have a great interest in the future of this town and its citizens. This is a lovely community where I chose to come and raise my family. They in turn have also settled here. We have great schools, a progressive hospital and the greatest people you will ever want to meet. I feel privileged to able able to serve this community and will do my upmost to help improve the quality of life for us all.

Address: 1115 5th Street
Email: hooverjewelers@att.net
Phone: 447-2158 (Cell)