Municipal league counsel departing

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Amanda Stanley is stepping down as general counsel for the League of Kansas Municipalities later this month to take a job as the city attorney for Topeka.

“My time at the league is coming to an end,” Stanley wrote in a Facebook post.

“It has truly been the privilege of my life serving cities and being your voice for the last five years,” Stanley wrote to her Facebook friends.

Stanley, who has a background in law and medicine, lobbied at the Capitol on behalf of cities on a variety of issues.

She had been the league’s general counsel since December 2017. She started as counsel at the league in April 2016.

She previously worked as a research attorney at the Kansas Court of Appeals.

“My time in local government isn’t done but it’s time to serve my community in a new way,” Stanley wrote.

“I’m excited for new challenges and hope if you are ever in Topeka that you will reach out,” she said.

“Saying goodbye is always hard, but the following quote rings true: ‘If you’re brave enough to say goodbye, life will reward you with a new hello,'” she wrote.

Erik Sartorius, the league’s executive director, said Stanley would be missed. He said she had an “immense, positive impact” on the league and cities.

“In my years around the statehouse and local government, she has demonstrated great legal knowledge and an ability to synthesize that into good public policy like few people I have seen,” Sartorius said.

Stanley graduated from the University of Kansas in 2014 with a law degree that focused on health and corporate law as well as workers’ compensation and other employment law issues.

She also studied to become a doctor at KU for several years before deciding to pursue a career in law.

She also has a bachelor’s degree in biology from Newman University.