Meet the Commission
The City Commission meets twice each month, on the first and third Mondays, at 6:30 PM CST. The meetings are open to the public and held in the Commission Room of City Hall at 220 East First in El Dorado. For those who cannot attend, the meetings are shown LIVE on cable channel 7, as well as videotaped and re-broadcast at 10:30 AM and 7:30 PM on Tuesday and Wednesday following the meeting. The meetings can also be viewed online.
The governing body is comprised of four City Commissioners and one Mayor, who presides over the council meetings. The City Commissioners are elected every four years, on a two year rotating schedule. Every two years, the mayor and two of the commissioners are elected. The governing body serves the public and welcomes public comments.
Mayor Vince Haines was elected April, 2015 and is serving his second term in public office. Born and raised in El Dorado, he chose to return home to raise family and start his career. Serving his community is important to him personally and professionally. Mayor Haines has been active, and held leadership roles, in many local and regional organizations such as El Dorado Planning Commission, El Dorado Chamber Board of Directors, Leadership Butler Class of1996, President of El Dorado Downtown Kiwanis, Senior Warden of Trinity Episcopal Church, President of El Dorado Inc., Chairman of the Board for Susan B Allen Memorial Hospital, Regional Economic Area Partnership (REAP) Executive Board, President of El Dorado United Way, and the Leadership Kansas Class of 2014. When not working or involved with community projects, he spends time enjoying life with his wife of 25 years and their four children as well as cultivating his old house and old car hobbies. Mayor Haines was the 1994 Graduate of Honor from the University of Kansas School of Architecture and is currently Principal of Gravity Works Architecture (a local firm established in 1952) since 2000.
Commissioner Matt Guthrie was elected in 2017, and began his first term in January of 2018.
Born in Wurzburg, Germany, Matt’s journey led him to El Dorado at the beginning of his 7th grade year. Matthew completed his High School education at El Dorado High School, and is proud to be a member of the 1993 EHS Wildcats.
Throughout high school Matt was already training in his lifelong career, working with his Father at Watson Glass. Matt spent 30 years in the commercial glazing business working in large markets such as Chicago, Detroit, New York and Miami; eventually owning his own commercial glass installation company in Oklahoma. Matt is currently Branch Manager of Herc Rentals (El Dorado).
Aging parents brought the Guthrie’s back to Kansas in 2013. El Dorado was the first and only choice for the family and Matt was able to reconnect with many lifelong friends. Matt’s public service since moving home includes serving on the Tree Board, Parks and Rec, and CTC Boards for the City of El Dorado.
Matt’s free time in spent with his wife of 14 years, his daughters, and the best grandson in the world. Matt is an obsessive comic book reader, collector and fan. He is also one of the founding members of the “Thursday night Beer Klatch” group, and enjoys college sports and professional sports, especially football.
Commissioner Greggory B. Lewis (Gregg) was elected to his first term of office April, 2015. He currently serves as a representative of the city on El Dorado Inc. and the El Dorado Inc. Housing Committee as well as the Butler County Solid Waste Management Committee. Commissioner Lewis is also an active member of the Holly Frontier CAP Board and has served on the Planning Commission and as a member of the Partners in Education Foundation. Commissioner Lewis graduated from Friends University in Wichita with a Bachelor of Science degree, he has attended the Market Based Management Academy at Koch Industries and has completed a Dale Carnegie Course. He moved to El Dorado when he married his wife 21 years ago and they have two children and one grandson. He is a member of the First Christian Church where he has served as Deacon and Elder. Commissioner Lewis works as the Plant Manager at Ergon Asphalt and Emulsions, a local plant, where he has been employed for 21 years. He is an avid Kansas City Chiefs and Chicago Cubs fan, he and his wife travel often to watch games.
Commissioner Nick Badwey is serving his third term in public office, he was elected first in April, 2009 and then again in April, 2013. He served as Vice-Mayor in 2012 and again in 2015. He currently serves on the Prairie Trails Advisory Board as an ex-officio, and has served on the Arena Committee and the County’s Solid Waste Management Committee as a representative of the City of El Dorado. Commissioner Badwey is a lifelong resident of El Dorado, he has been married tohis wife for 35 years, and they have two daughters and welcomed a grandson in 2016. Commissioner Badwey works for C-Tech, he is a licensed electrician, is an active member of Trinity Episcopal Church and an avid reader.
Commissioner Kendra Wilkinson was elected to the City Commission in April, 2015 and is serving her first term in public office. Commissioner Wilkinson has previously served on several committees for the City including El Dorado Inc., Sales TaxAdvisory Committee, and the Convention and Visitors Bureau. She currently serves as an ex-officio on the Airport Advisory Board, Convention and Visitors Bureau, and the Parks/Recreation Advisory Board. Commissioner Wilkinson has lived in the city her entire life and is a fourth generation El Doradoan. Along with her family, she owns and operates many businesses in El Dorado, including an antique/retro/collectibles shop called Two Vintage Sisters which she runs with her sister. Commissioner Wilkinson has a Master of Education from Emporia State University and is a retired educator. She taught accounting and computers for forty years and at the conclusion of her teaching career, served as Director of Public Relations/Publications for USD 375 for an additional six years. Commissioner Wilkinson has two children and three grandchildren. She spends her spare time with them as well as being an active member and volunteer at the First Presbyterian Church.