Sedgwick County Commissioner disputes Wichita Eagle headline on audit

This week controversy arose surrounding a request by two Sedgwick County Commissioners for more information from the county’s auditor, Allen, Gibbs & Houlik, L.C., a public accounting firm.

The financial issue concerns the way that EMS employees are paid and its impact on the county’s budget. Commission chair Karl Peterjohn and Commissioner Kelly Parks asked questions of the county’s auditor. But the issue has grown to become political. Continue reading Sedgwick County Commissioner disputes Wichita Eagle headline on audit

Peterjohn presses taxpayer protection platform through Sedgwick County Commission

At today’s meeting of the Sedgwick County Commission, commissioners revised the county’s 2010 legislative platform, adding important and groundbreaking taxpayer protection to the platform. The split vote lets voters know without a doubt where commissioners stand on taxpayer protection issues. Continue reading Peterjohn presses taxpayer protection platform through Sedgwick County Commission

Wichita Eagle reporting, headlining discussed by commissioners

In today’s meeting of the Sedgwick County Commission, Wichita Eagle reporting and editorializing was the subject of an off-agenda item.

Commissioner Gwen Welshimer used this opportunity to read into the record part of a press release she issued yesterday. The entire press release is at the end of this article. Continue reading Wichita Eagle reporting, headlining discussed by commissioners

Sedgwick County solid waste fee criticized

Today’s by Rhonda Holman is a two-fer. Two issues for the price of one column, and two issues she’s wrong on.

She criticizes Commissioner Karl Peterjohn and Board Chairman Kelly Parks for the opposition of a solid waste management fee that would add a relatively small amount to property tax bills. Continue reading Sedgwick County solid waste fee criticized

Lack of information clouds Sedgwick County industrial park plans

At yesterday’s meeting of the Board of Sedgwick County Commissioners, questions about a proposed industrial park development reveal that there’s still a long way to go before all issues are uncovered, much less understood.

At the meeting, Chris Chronis, Chief Financial Officer for Sedgwick County, presented information and responded to questions. While Mr. Chronis was thorough in some areas, even some basic information and understanding is missing. Continue reading Lack of information clouds Sedgwick County industrial park plans

Parks’ Selection as Sedgwick County Commission Chair Breaks Tradition

In a move that suggests that there may be some change in the way things are done in the Sedgwick County Courthouse, Kelly Parks was selected as chairman of the Board of County Commissioners for the next year. No other name was placed in nomination. Then, Gwen Welshimer was selected as chairmen pro tem, again with no other name placed in nomination. Why is this a change? As the Wichita Eagle’s Deb Gruver wrote in todays news story Parks may chair commission: “For years, it’s been the Sedgwick County Commission’s tradition to ‘promote’ the board’s vice chairman to chairman.” Continue reading Parks’ Selection as Sedgwick County Commission Chair Breaks Tradition