Aaron Mays sworn in as Shawnee County's third district representative

TOPEKA, Kan (WIBW) -- With his family by his side Aaron Mays was officially sworn in as Shawnee County’s newest Commissioner.

“I wanna thank everybody for the warm welcome,” Mays said during Monday’s meeting.

He had a pretty busy first day on the job with items on the Monday morning meeting agenda.

Commissioners voted to approve a contract with Shawnee County Parks and Rec. to locate a possible leak at Rossville Family Pool.

Shawnee County manages all of its maintenance concerns.

Commissioners also shared their thoughts on a recent trip to Montgomery.

The trip, put together by the Greater Topeka Partnership, allowed local leaders to learn about and discuss important topics like economic development, tourism, education, local government and more.

“It’s kind of an eye opening experience. I feel there’s a lot similarities between Montgomery and Topeka,” Mays said.

“It is a capitol city much like Kansas. Also dealing with issues from Civil Rights to looking at Air Force, education, downtown redevelopment. So very similar in size. Very similar in the same sorts of issues,” Commissioner Kevin Cook said.

Cook said the development of Montgomery’s downtown stuck out to him.

“Their development took a lot of time. Lot of planning, a lot of patience, and being able to do things on the right pace. And I think that as Topekans and here in Shawnee County we need to have that same level of patience,” he added.

Commissioners said they hope to take what they learned and apply it to Shawnee County.

“They have a good vision there. They’ve made some great improvements in the last 15 to 20 years,” Commissioner Bill Riphan said.