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Mayor Rowland was elected to office in April 2022. He had previously represented parts of Jackson County and Kansas City (District 29) in the Missouri House of Representatives from Nov. 2015 until April 17, 2022. He regards President Harry S. Truman as his political inspiration for being a public servant.

Mayor Rowland owns and operates Rowland Consulting. He previously served as President of two credit unions in the Kansas City area.

He is active with his church, and he has served on its finance committee for more than 20 years.

Mayor Rowland received a Master of Business Administration from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. He has lived in Independence for nearly 40 years with his wife Tedi, while raising their four children who have all attended school in the Independence School District.