Like many Johnson Countians, Ed Eilert was raised in a small Kansas farming community. He attended Emporia State University receiving both a Bachelors degree in Business Administration and Masters degree in Business Education. Ed’s career started as a high school business teacher with his last year teaching at Shawnee Mission East.
With his academic background in business, he went to work as a financial advisor and spent over 35 years with A.G. Edwards & Sons, Inc, members of the New York Stock Exchange. While still working in the investment business, he became involved in elected office as a councilmember and then as mayor of Overland Park. During those years as mayor, Ed was instrumental in building a strong economy for the city and supporting those community amenities which help make our county a great place to live, work and raise a family.
Ed stepped down as mayor in 2005 and in 2006 was elected to the Johnson County Commission representing the Fourth Commission District. Elected in a countywide vote as the Johnson County Commission Chairman in 2010, Ed is completing his first term as chairman. His leadership has brought our county through the Great Recession in a sound financial position, while at the same time not increasing property taxes.
As mayor, Ed served in leadership positions in state and national city organizations. He served on the board of the Kansas League of Municipalities and one term as the state president. He served on the Board of Directors of the National League of Cities . He continues his involvement in both the Kansas Association of Counties and the National Association of Counties.
Ed Eilert brings to the office of County Commission Chairman strong leadership experience in local government, in building community and delivering value for taxpayers dollars.