term expires Jan. 2024
Councilperson Kessler, who grew up in south Wichita, has lived in Haysville since December of 2007, when he retired from the U.S. Navy after 23 years of service. He began his foray into public service on the Haysville Planning Commission, serving from 2009 to 2011, at which time he was elected to Haysville’s City Council. He is currently serving his second four-year term as Ward IV Councilperson, and is both a former President of Council and former Chairman of the Park Board. Russ is a member of Haysville PRIDE and American Legion Derby/Haysville Post 408. He is also a lifetime member of Haysville VFW Post 6957. Russ was a Den Leader of Haysville Cub Scout Pack 893 from August 2014 through February 2019. Ten Cubs in his pack earned the highest Cub Scout award, the Arrow of Light, and nine of them became Boy Scouts in Haysville Boy Scout Troop 893 where Russ continues to volunteer as an adult leader. He and his wife of 33 years, Sherry have three adult daughters, a son in fifth grade at Freeman Elementary, and eight grandchildren. Russ works as a civilian employee for the U.S. Army Reserves, 451 Expeditionary Sustainment Command (ESC) in Wichita as the Deputy G6/IT Specialist, and holds a Master’s degree in Management Information Systems from Friends University. His favorite things about Haysville include the people, his church family at Haysville Christian Church, the excellent school system, Recreation Department activities for kids, and the annual events like Village Christmas, the Independence Day Celebration, and the Haysville Fall Festival which contribute to the small community atmosphere and make Haysville a great place to raise a family.