Governing Body Letter to the Citizens of Topeka

Our Dear Citizens,


Your City of Topeka Governing Body wants to issue a joint statement of support for the work City of Topeka, State and Shawnee County teams are doing to keep our community safe.  On our behalf, our Mayor and City Manager are in constant communication with the Shawnee County Health Department and Emergency Management.

The COVID-19/Coronavirus situation is of critical concern for our community. Your joint governing bodies are working to mitigate and predict every need of our community, such as ensuring your water is not disconnected during this situation.  Each of us wants to ensure your safety and comfort at home as we ask all individuals to self-quarantine and stay in place and everyone to constantly wash hands.  We ask for your grace as this is an unprecedented time with new challenges.

Through this pandemic, know that your city will not stop working for you. Essential personnel are active and departments are taking measures to work from home securely and effectively. Road crews, water treatment staff and public safety officials are all working to take care of you and will continue to do so until this is behind us.

This is a time of difficult decisions. What we consider normal and routine will not be so for some time. We are all going through the same concerns, discomfort and adjustments you are.

Now, more than ever, it is the time for us to come together and support each other. This is a time we all must adhere to what our local and state officials are asking of us.

Stay home and practice social distancing to protect others.

Did you travel and recently returned?   Call SNCO Health at 785-806-6297.

Do you have COVID-19 Symptoms?   CALL BEFORE YOU GO to any hospital or care provider.

If you go out?  Keep social distance – stay at least 6 feet from others, no touching.

Best ways to not transfer germs?   Wash hands frequently, don’t touch your face, catch coughs with tissues and throw them away.

Need ideas for educating kids or communicating with people who are in isolation?  Check social media and with education and nursing home sources.  Great ideas are emerging daily.

Have questions? – Watch local media for updates.

We are working to ensure that through this time your needs are met. There are so many questions. We understand.  We will work to provide on time, accurate information as more information becomes available.

We look forward to the day this is all behind us. In the meantime, rest assured we are here, we are together and we are supporting the needs of our community during this difficult time.

Thank you for the privilege of serving you,


Your Governing Body


Mayor Michelle De La Isla

Karen Hiller- District 1

Christina Valdivia-Alcala- District 2

Sylvia Ortiz- District 3

Tony Emerson- District 4

Michael Padilla- District 5

Hannah Naeger- District 6

Neil Dobler- District 7

Spencer Duncan- District 8

Michael Lesser- District 9