Long-time Wamego City Manager Merl Page has been an integral part Wamego’s growth and development for many years. Merl retired in 2019.

As you look back over the time that Merl served as Wamego’s City Manager, you can’t help but marvel at the sheer number of projects, initiatives, events and partnerships that the City contributed to the success of.

The new Aquatic Center, construction of the Rec Complex, Caterpillar expansions, additional business growth in the industrial park, the downtown streetscape, the Kansas River access ramp, hosting Kansas Sampler (twice!), the Wamego Convention & Visitors Bureau, showcase events like Tulip Festival, Celebrate Freedom in Wamego and         OZtoberFest, park improvement throughout the community, the Industrial Commerce Route, the Water Tower painting project… and the list goes on!

All of this was done while expertly managing the many varying perspectives and opinions of community partners, residents and elected officials. Merl has long been a regular at ribbon cuttings as a Chamber Ambassador… but what many folks don’t know is the amount of work he did behind the scenes to ensure a positive business culture in our community.

Merl’s peers have recognized his professionalism with multiple awards, including the American Public Power Association’s “Larry Hobart Seven Hats Award” for his management of Wamego utilities. Merl, of course, always accepts these awards with complete humility.

The Wamego Area Chamber of Commerce would like to recognize Merl’s vision, stewardship and dedication to our community. The Chamber’s Spirit of Wamego Award recognizes an individual who has demonstrated a strong history of service to the community. We recognize their dedication to developing a positive culture and quality of life for Wamego. We also recognize their track record of empowering peers, colleagues and future generations to do the same.  Now in its 5th year, past award recipients are Charlie White, Rosemary Crilly, Dr. Bill Ditto and Norman Hupe. Merl, on behalf of the Wamego Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, thank you for all that you have done. We wish you health and happiness in retirement and with your family as “Grand Murray”.

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