Chief Elected Official Board Biographies
Commissioner Rob Roberts, Chair
Commissioner Roberts was elected to his first term as a Commissioner in November 2008. He and his wife Marilyn have one daughter and three grandchildren. Commissioner Roberts has served on many local boards and participated in many countywide activities:
Paola City Council (7 years)
Paola City Treasurer (8 years)
Paola City Mayor (1 year)
Miami County Republican Party
Miami County Veterans Memorial Board of Directors
Salvation Army – Service Volunteer for Miami County
Commission Roberts represents Southeast KANSASWORKS, Inc.’s Region III which includes the counties of Miami, Linn, Bourbon and Crawford.
Commissioner Lonie Addis
Commissioner Addis represents District One, covering roughly the eastern half of Labette County and two precincts in Parsons. Addis was first elected in 1982 and is currently serving his ninth consecutive term and making him the senior county commissioner in Kansas. His family has resided in Labette County since 1869. Descended from Revolutionary War soldier Frederick Eisenhauer who was killed serving with General George Washington at the Battle of Germantown on October 4th, 1777, Addis maintains a strong patriotic profile.
At 17, he joined the U.S. Marines serving two combat tours in Vietnam. After his return he attended Labette Community College and the University of Kansas. Upon his election he has been quite active in legislative initiatives for Kansas Counties and is past president of the Kansas County Commissioners Association. From 2000-2005, Addis served as the Kansas Representative on the Board of Directors to the National Association of Counties and likewise served during the same period on the Board of Directors of the Kansas Association of Counties.
Commissioner Addis represents Southeast KANSASWORKS, Inc.’s Region II which includes the counties of Cherokee, Labette and Neosho.
Commissioner Gene Highberger
Commissioner Highberger represents Southeast KANSASWORKS, Inc.’s Region IV which includes the counties of Anderson, Allen, Wilson and Woodson.
Commissioner Bob Saueressig
Coffey County Local Emergency Planning Committee
Coffey County Emergency Services Committee
Policy Board Member – East Central Kansas Area Agency on Aging
Liaison to County Zoning & Planning Board
Southeast KANSASWORKS, Inc. – Local Work Force Investment Board
Coffey County Policy and Procedures – Update Committee
Liaison to Coffey County Museum – Alternate
Coffey County Wellness Committee – Alternate
VFW Life Member
Burlington City Council
USD 244 Board Member
USD 244 Recreation Board Member
Commissioner Saueressig represents Southeast KANSASWORKS, Inc.’s Region V which includes the counties of Coffey, Greenwood and Lyon.