Rose Hill’s city administrator is leaving to serve in the same role in Fairway, Kan., in Johnson County. Kathy Axelson, who is also Rose Hill’s city clerk, made her resignation public at the March 3 city council meeting. Her last day is March 14.

Rose Hill’s city administrator is leaving to serve in the same role in Fairway, Kan., in Johnson County. Kathy Axelson, who is also Rose Hill’s city clerk, made her resignation public at the March 3 city council meeting. Her last day is March 14.

“It was a good career move,” Axelson said. While Fairway has seven more residents than Rose Hill, its median household income is estimated by the U.S. Census Bureau to be $102,500, compared to Rose Hill’s $75,545.

“The opportunity to move closer to my kids and grandkids; I didn’t want to pass that up,” she said. Two children and two grandchildren as well as extended family live in the Kansas City metro area.

In her sixth year with Rose Hill, Axelson started as city clerk and finance director. While serving as interim city administrator, she offered to take on that role in addition to the city clerk role. She held the dual position since 2010. Fairway recently went to the combined administrator/clerk position.

Rose Hill Mayor Jason Jones said the administrator and clerk roles will return to separate positions with Axelson’s departure.

Kelly Mendoza, who has served part-time as assistant city clerk, will become the full-time city clerk, Jones said.

Consultant Jim Heinicke will serve as the interim city administrator during the search for a full-time administrator, Jones said. Heinicke has served 24 years as a city manager and administrator, recently retiring from the city of Newton.

Axelson’s accomplishments in Rose Hill include organizing city departments and avoiding major mill levy hikes, Jones said. “She’s done very well with the budget,” he said.

“Kathy has represented the city well, helping to promote business and residential growth,” Jones said. She was supportive of city events, encouraging involvement. “We wish her well in her new position.”