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Zach Walker has served as Independence City Manager since October 1, 2016.
Walker began his career working as a legislative assistant in the Missouri House of Representatives and a regional planner at the Mid-Missouri Regional Planning Commission before transitioning to local government administration. Walker began his career in local government with the City of Kansas City, Missouri as part of the Cookingham-Noll Management Fellowship Program, one of the longest-running fellowship programs in the nation.
Since that time, he served four years in the City of Kansas City, Missouri, including roles in the Office of Management and Budget as well as the Capital Projects Department. After leaving Kansas City, he served four years as the Management Analyst for the City of Independence, a role he held until his appointment as Assistant City Manager in October 2015.
Walker received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science and a Masters Degree in Public Administration, both from the University of Missouri. He has two children, Brett and Caroline. He was named the 2018 Citizen of the Year by the Independence Chamber of Commerce, awarded the 2018 National Outstanding Eagle Scout Award, and recognized by the Kansas City Business Journal as a 2019 Next Gen Leader.