Nov 03

Public Safety Update - 11/4 Coffee with a Cop, October Shooting Update, Sign-Up for Notify JoCo

Posted on November 3, 2021 at 8:53 PM by David Dickey

Fellow Residents:

Because it is time sensitive, I want to remind everyone that our next Coffee with a Cop is tomorrow (Thursday, 11/4) from 8-10am.  Chief Roberson and several members of his command staff will be there to talk, answer questions and get to know you!  Please stop by the Verona Columns if you can.

Secondly, the investigation into the shooting incident on October 4th continues aggressively.  Captain Sullivan updated Council today in our City Safety Summit, but please know that warrants, subpoenas and other investigative work continues with vigor.  

As noted above, we held a City Safety Summit today.  Attendees included:

    The full Council

    Police Chief Roberson and his command staff

    Fire Chief Chick and his deputy chief

    Mission Hills City Administrator Jennifer Lee and Assistant City Administrator Justin Carroll

    Crime & Safety Committee Chair Tim McQuaid

We reviewed every major area of public safety that could impact our City – shootings, tornados, fires, floods, and more.  We are planning a more comprehensive letter to all residents, but the quick summary is that we have exceptional support from the police, fire department and our staff.  And importantly, they have deep, robust relationships with all regional and national agencies to provide additional resources should the need arise.

Finally, and I will elaborate on this more in the aforementioned letter, Notify JoCo is the BEST way to stay informed on public safety.  If you have not, please sign up at this link:

If you have signed up, remember that you can change your preferences on which notifications you receive at any time (public safety, general messages, waste collection, etc.).  You are in control of what you receive.  I encourage you to sign up!

Finally, as I said in this month's newsletter, if you see something, call.  The non-emergency dispatch number is 913-642-5151.  We have the resources to respond to almost all calls, so if something just does not feel right, call it in.

Thank you for the continued feedback.  As always, do not hesitate to reach out to the PV police (see number above), City Hall - 913-362-9620 or email - , or me directly at 

Thanks again!

Oct 04

Verona Columns Incident Update 10/4/21

Posted on October 4, 2021 at 8:34 PM by David Dickey

Fellow Residents:


Public safety will always be THE top priority in our City.  It pains me to write this tonight, but we had a violent, frightening incident this morning that I want to address head-on.


Early this morning, just before sunrise, one of our residents was assaulted by two armed assailants at the Verona Columns during his morning walk.  I first want to wish the best for this resident as he recovers from the physical and psychological events this morning.  Transparently, the assailants fired two shots that, thankfully, missed.


The full police press release can be found HERE.


Our police are actively and aggressively working this event.  It is believed that these same assailants threw debris at a cyclist just before the incident in question (the car’s description matches), and there is speculation that several auto burglaries that occurred last night/this morning may have been carried out by this same duo.


If you have ANY information that may be helpful to the investigation, please call 913-642-5151, the PV police non-emergency number), and report it.  Video is also welcome!


You have the Council’s, police department’s, staff’s and my commitment to communicate fully and openly about this incident.  We want Mission Hills to continue to be the safest community in the metro area – period.


Do not hesitate to reach out to the PV police (see number above), City Hall (913-362-9620 or email  or me directly at


Thank you for your support and vigilance.

Feb 16

Mayor’s Update 2/16/21 (Today’s ARB Cancelled)

Posted on February 16, 2021 at 9:05 AM by David Dickey

Fellow Residents:

A quick note about the current weather conditions.

As many of you have heard, the operator of the electricity grid that covers Kansas and Missouri issued an alert yesterday to reduce power usage.  In conjunction, the grid operator and Evergy, our power provider, began rolling 30-60 minute blackouts to conserve energy.  Those blackouts are likely to continue for the next 48 hours.  As I write this (8:50am) City Hall has no power.

Because of that, we are cancelling today’s (2/16/21) ARB meeting.  A crucial part of our virtual meetings is for all interested parties to have the opportunity to join, and it would be unfair for an interested resident to not have their voice heard because of lack of power.  To all of you who were on today’s agenda, please accept our apologies, but this is certainly a unique circumstance!

Also weather related, most of the chemicals used to melt ice and snow are ineffective at temperatures below about 10-15 degrees (above zero!).  Please take care on our roads given that there will be limited melting and a light snow pack on most.

On a somewhat brighter note, Johnson County’s Covid case and hospitalization rates are the lowest since June.  While the pandemic is still with us, vaccine rollouts continue, and there is proverbial light at the end of the tunnel!

As always, if you have questions or comments, feel free to call City Hall at 913-362-9620 or email  You are always welcome to email me directly at 
Please stay healthy and safe.