Lawrence Mayor Steve Collier announced Sept. 20 that he will not be seeking reelection in 2023. He was first elected in 2015.
In a press release, Collier stated it’s “finally (time to) consider (his) family first.” He thanked his wife and staff who he considers “lifetime friends.”
Before serving as mayor of Lawrence, Collier, a Republican, taught social studies at Lawrence North High School for 33 years. He also coached football, wrestling and baseball at the school before eventually transitioning to an administrative role. He joined the Common Council in 2011 and served until becoming mayor in 2015.
Collier also stated that he will continue to work through the next year and ensure Lawrence will continue to grow.
“Even though I will not be seeking reelection there remains just a little over a year before the next Mayor of Lawrence will be sworn in,” Collier stated. “You should expect that I and every member of my team will keep working diligently to keep Lawrence moving in the right direction. We have worked too hard for this not to be an expectation for whoever comes next.”