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Halstead is a "city of the second class" under Kansas statutes, but has retained the "city of the third class" governance plan that provides for an elected mayor who serves a two-year term, and five council members elected at-large for 2 and 4 year terms, which are determined by the vote outcome. Management of the city is delegated to a city administrator, hired by the governing body.

Municipal services:

Water & Waste Water

Gas Utility

Weekly curbside refuse collection Bi-weekly curbside recycling collection.

The City of Halstead operates the municipal cemetery and mausoleum.

Emergency Medical Service EMS

A managed Volunteer Fire Department

24 hour Police

Halstead Library at 3rd and Main is operated A volunteer board oversees the operation of the Halstead Library (located at 3rd & Main) which provides a full range of services including internet access.

The City also operates a new family aquatic center (316-835-3377) located on the north edge of town and Wedgewood Golf Course, a nine-hole, public golf course, (316-835-2991) located approximately three miles northeast of town.

The Recreation Commission (employing a full-time director), 316-835-2517, directs many programs including: youth baseball and basketball, youth softball and soccer, adult softball and volleyball.

Other citizen boards and commissions appointed by the governing body include: Planning Commission (Halstead's Comprehensive Plan was completed in 1990), Halstead Housing Authority ( a full-time director and staff oversee three housing projects), Tree Board (Halstead has been a "Tree City" for many years), Old Settlers' Committee and a Library Board.

Halstead is served by an active Chamber of Commerce. Annual events sponsored by the Chamber are: City wide garage sale in the spring; the Old Settlers Celebration in August; and a Christmas promotion in December.