Leonhard Caflisch  
City Commission
Title: Mayor
Phone: 620-332-3033


I consider it an honor and a privilege to serve the Citizens of Independence as one of their Commissioners. It is my desire to serve the community and try to return to it what has given me, and also build on the legacy that so many others have left. Being raised in Independence and as a student of our local school I have developed an appreciation of our diverse history. Independence has been, and is a very special place to grow up and raise a family.

After attending school in Independence and graduating Independence High School in 1972 I continued my education at Kansas State University when I graduated in 1977 from the College of Architecture and Design with a Bachelor of Architecture Degree. I have been a licensed Architect since 1980 and in 1981 I established Architectural Collaboration here in Independence.


My wife Charlotte owned and operated The Little Critter Crib Day Care for approximately ten years before accepting the position of Program Director for St. Andrew’s Daycare in the Pre-School Program. We have three children, Shannon, Sarah and Ashley that have given us nine grandchildren.

In the past I have served as past President of the Independence Lion’s Club, Main Street Board, IHS Parents Advisory Council and IHS Band Boosters. Current organizations in addition to serving as City Commissioner are the Independence Lion’s Club and Kansas Children’s Service League Community Leadership and Development Council.

My experiences and memories from living in Independence are priceless. I remember as a child riding the miniature train in the park with my Grandparents, going to the Dairy Queen for ice cream and then watching the fountain go through its cycle, riding the merry-go-round, 4th of July fireworks in the park, family picnics at the Shelter House. It is my desire to build on the foundation set by previous generations so that future generations, whether residing in or visiting Independence, can enjoy creating lasting memories for themselves. 

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