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Service as Mayor
Mark Smith became Civic City's 39th mayor on January 2, 2007. He’d served a four-year term as a City Council member representing Ward 1 before winning the Citywide election for mayor in 2006.
Before entering public service, Smith, 55, worked for 25 years professionally in the newspaper business in his hometown of Civic City, Kansas. An award-winning writer and editor, Smith’s newspaper career began at 19 when he was invited to write a humor column for the Civic City Daily. He’s managed a media division for a Kansas retail chain and most recently operated his own advertising, public relations, and publishing company, Smith Publications. In addition, he co-owns a travel agency with his wife, Mary.
A Civic City native, Smith graduated from Civic City High School and Civic City College, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism. The Smiths live with two Pomeranians and a cat in the City Heights.
Smith has served on a number of volunteer boards and is past president of the Civic City Historical Preservation Commission, Young Audiences of Civic City, and the Civic City Food Bank boards.