Michael PadillaMayor Michael A. Padilla was sworn in January 4, 2022, having served as a city councilmember before seeking the mayor's seat.  He is a second generation Mexican American and one of five sons to parents born in Kansas.  After attending Washburn University, Padilla began a career with the Topeka Police Department.  He joined the Navy Reserve while with the police department.  Padilla is the co-founder of Shawnee County Safe Streets.  He has served on the Salvation Army Board and recently co-founded an after-school boxing program for boys and girls.  The program, the Three Badges Boxing Club, serves a largely Hispanic population and partners with the Topeka Police Department and the Topeka Fire Department.  Padilla was selected to serve on the Kansas Supreme Court Blue Ribbon Commission to address how the Kansas Supreme Court could better connect with the citizens state wide.  He served on the Governor's Commission on Racial Profiling in policing.  He has been a board member of the Meals on Wheels program, YMCA Metro board, Midland Care Hospice board, Mayor's Council on Diversity, and provided cultural awareness training to all city employees.

After retiring as a Division Commander Major from the Topeka Police Department, Padilla was appointed by Governor Sebelius as Chief of Enforcement for the Kansas Department of Revenue.  At the Department of Revenue, Padilla identified a need for improved compliance with both liquor and tobacco tax law enforcement.  He created a new unit and expanded coverage across the state to increase both compliance and revenue.  After serving 10-1/2 years and through two administrations, Padilla then retired to run for elected office.

Padilla serves on the Momentum 2022 and Momentum 2027 initiatives.  This collaborative is part of the Greater Topeka Partnership.  He is a member of the Joint Economic and Development Organization, JEDO, a partnership with the Shawnee County Commission and the City of Topeka Governing Body.

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