City Communications Office

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The City Communications Office shares information about city services and programs. The staff works with city departments and the City Council to tell the city’s story. We inform residents and visitors using a wide variety of communications channels:

  • This city website at
  • Follow us on social media, including Twitter @KCMO, Facebook at “City of Kansas City, Mo. Government” and Instagram @KCMOgov
  • Read the latest news releases. Sign up for news releases, newsletters and other emailed information.
  • Watch our city government channel, KCCG-TV2 (Channel 2), with coverage of City Council meetings, special events and original programming. Kansas City residents with cable access may watch KCCG or anyone may watch online.
  • Watch videos produced by our Channel 2 team
  • Read our magazine, called KCMOre, which we publish twice each year.
  • We respond to requests for city documents filed through the Sunshine Law (also known as the Freedom of Information Act, or FIOA).
  • Sign up for AlertKC to receive text messages to warn you of severe weather, public safety issues, broken water mains or closed streets in your neighborhood. We coordinate with our Emergency Operations Center and several departments to provide this service.

Contact Information:

414 E. 12th St., Suite 2101
Kansas City, MO 64106
Phone: (816) 513-1349

News Media Contacts

This list is intended to guide working members of the news media who need information and/or interviews related to City departments.

Printable Media Contact Sheet

Please contact Chris Hernandez, director of the City Communications Office, with questions about City operations and overall issues. Chris may be reached at:, Office: (816) 513-3474, Cell: (816) 787-1507. An alternate email is

Other communications professionals and public information officers (PIO) are available as key contacts for these specific offices and departments:

Aviation Department
Joe McBride
Office: (816) 243-3164
Mobile: (816) 719-0588

City Auditor
Douglas Jones
Office: 816-513-3303

City Clerk’s Office
Marilyn Sanders
Office: (816) 513-6401

City Planning and Development
Beth Breitenstein
Office: (816) 513-8829
Mobile: (816) 945-2560
(Development Plans, CPC and BZA Cases, Building and Zoning Violations, Historic Preservation, Area Plans, Census Data)

Fire Department
James “Jimmy” Walker
Office: (816) 513-4638
Mobile: (816) 606-4238

Health Department
Michelle Pekarsky
Office: (816) 513-6302
Mobile: (816) 719-3610

Mayor’s Office
Morgan Said
Office: (816) 513-6587
Mobile: (816) 385-3464

Municipal Court
Benita Jones
Office: (816) 513-6711
Mobile: (816) 522-0162
(Court case information, courtroom camera requests, court stats, specialty courts, interviews with Municipal judges and court officials)

Neighborhoods and Housing Services
John Baccala
Office: (816) 513-3202
(Code enforcement, Animal Health, trash and recycling, tow lot, Land Bank, regulated industries)

Parks and Recreation Department
Heidi Markle
Office: (816) 513-7527
Mobile: (816) 335-5672
(Parks, community centers, boulevards and fountains)

Police Department
Media Unit: (816) 234-5170

Public Works Department
Maggie Green
Office: (816) 513-2612
Mobile: (816) 379-6562
(Bike lanes, streets, sidewalks, snow removal, street lights and signs, traffic signals, parking)

KC Water
Heather Frierson
Office: (816) 513-0280
Mobile: (816) 674-0211
(Water, wastewater, stormwater, leaf & brush, household hazardous waste)

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