Sedgwick County

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The debate over the size and role of government isn’t just polarizing national politics. It's also causing divisions in Kansas at the state and local levels. Heartland Health Monitor’s Jim McLean has the story about how public health programs here in the state's largest county have been thrust into the center of that debate.

The Sedgwick County Commission voted unanimously today to appoint Brig. Gen. Michael Scholes, Sr. as the next county manager.

Scholes will replace Bill Buchanan who retired in June after more than 20 years on the job. The job is the highest non-elected position in county government, which includes 2,663 active full and part time employees.

According to a release from the county, Scholes served as chief of staff for the Kosovo Forces of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization in Kosovo from 2014-2015. Commissioner Richard Ranzau said Scholes is currently living in Virginia.

Sean Sandefur

The Sedgwick County Commission passed a budget Wednesday after weeks of public feedback--most of which was negative.

Sean Sandefur

The Sedgwick County Commission votes tomorrow on the 2016 proposed budget. KMUW's Aileen LeBlanc talked to some experts about the numbers.

A new report released by the Kansas Health Institute estimates that proposed health cuts in the Sedgwick County budget could contribute to 65 preventable deaths each year.

The study claims that over time, the proposed $910,374 in health and human services cuts could lead to two additional diabetes deaths, five additional infant deaths, 17 additional cancer deaths and 41 additional heart disease deaths in Sedgwick County each year.

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In anticipation of the approaching school year, the Sedgwick County Health Department is offering a vaccination clinic this weekend.

Vaccinations required for the upcoming school year include polio, both hepatitis A and B, and one for measles, mumps and rubella.

A budget proposed by Sedgwick County officials that includes millions of dollars worth of funding cuts continues to affect the city’s budget talks.

County officials have recommended cutting over $500,000 in funding for the Sedgwick County Day Reporting Center, which offers an alternative to incarceration for non-violent, low-level criminals. The program also offers counseling and substance abuse treatment.

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Sedgwick County has narrowed down its search for a new manager to four finalists.

Tim Kaufman, director of the Division of Health and Human Services for Sedgwick County; Michael Scholes, a former chief of staff for the Kosovo Forces of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization in Pristina, Kosovo; Tom Stolz, director of the Metropolitan Area Building and Construction Department for Sedgwick County; and Ryan Waller, assistant county administrator of Lake County, Illinois, are all in the running to replace former county manager Bill Buchanan.

The City of Wichita still isn’t sure what to do with a large funding shortfall for the Wichita-Sedgwick County Planning Department.

The department is equally funded by both the city and county, but a proposed budget by county officials last week would cut about $155,000 from the department. That has left city officials scrambling to find a solution as they put together their own budget.

Deborah Shaar

The city of Wichita is confirming its commitment to Project Access, one day after Sedgwick County recommended eliminating its funding for the nonprofit.

City Council members on Tuesday unanimously approved $175,000 in funding for Project Access for next year. It’s the amount the group requested and the same level of funding it received from the city this year.