City Manager

David Corliss


Phone: (785) 832-3400

Fax: (785) 832-3405


David L. Corliss

David L. Corliss was appointed as Lawrence’s 6th City Manager in 2006. Corliss began work with the City of Lawrence in 1990, serving in several legal and management capacities until being appointed an assistant city manager in 2000. Corliss has a Bachelor of Arts with Honors in Political Science, a Masters in Public Administration, and Juris Doctorate degree all from the University of Kansas.

Corliss’ previous employment includes work with the League of Kansas Municipalities ( and internship work with Douglas County, Kansas; Wichita, Kansas and the United States Senate.

Corliss’ community service has included the Board of Directors of the United Way of Douglas County and the Board of Trustees of Lawrence Memorial Hospital. Corliss continues service on the Kansas Water Authority, the State water planning and policy advisory board, to which he was appointed in 2007. Corliss is a graduate of both Leadership Lawrence and Leadership Kansas.


Corliss is a frequent speaker at conferences and community groups. Below is a link to recent presentations:

Quotes and Sayings

Corliss is also a frequent collector of odd quotes and sayings, a sampling from this collection is available below. There is no endorsement of the views expressed in the quotes – in some cases it is difficult to discern the view! (Dave also welcomes appropriate contributions!)

"How small of all
that human hearts endure
that part which kings or laws
can cause or cure."
— Samuel Johnson, 1709-1784

"Do good by stealth, and blush to find it fame."
— Alexander Pope, 1688-1744

"Fair – is where pigs get ribbons."

"You can't stop the waves, but you can learn how to surf."

"One must wait until the evening to know how splendid the day has been."
— Attributed to Sophocles, 497-406 B.C.

"Nurture your mind with great thoughts, for you will never go any higher than you think."
— Benjamin Disraeli, 1804-1881

"I like to see a man proud of the place in which he lives. I like to see a man live so that his place will be proud of him."
— Attributed to Abraham Lincoln, 1809-1865

"You have to decide what your highest priorities are and have the courage – pleasantly, smilingly, non-apologetically – to say 'no' to other things. And the way you do that is by having a bigger 'yes' burning inside."
— Stephen Covey, 1932-2012

"So many waves, such a small pond."
— a line from the movie International Velvet

"Remember we predict the geyser eruptions, we don't schedule them."
— a small sign taped to the counter at the Old Faithful Visitor Center in Yellowstone National Park