Sedgwick County Commission

Sedgwick County District Attorney Marc Bennett has blocked a recall effort against a county commissioner who has refused to accept millions of dollars in grants for local health programs.

Bennett announced Monday that the petition for an election seeking the recall of Sedgwick County Commission Chairman Richard Ranzau does not meet the narrow grounds prescribed by state law.


Updated Thursday at 4:35 p.m. with response from CAIR-Kansas.

Sedgwick County Commissioner Karl Peterjohn used the last part of today’s commission meeting to offer a warning to residents: That Muslims are a threat, and residents should, he says, “be prepared.”


Updated Nov. 23 at 5:43 p.m.: Sedgwick County District Attorney Marc Bennett has ruled the petition does not meet the legal grounds and will not proceed.

A group in Wichita filed a petition today with the Sedgwick County Election Office to remove Commissioner Richard Ranzau from office.

Health officials have concerns about a proposal under consideration by the Sedgwick County Commission to ask about the immigration status of people seeking immunizations and disease screenings at the county health department clinics.

Officials fear such a move would jeopardize the health of the entire community.

Deborah Shaar

Community advocates and health groups are voicing concerns about the Sedgwick County Commission’s recent decisions involving the local health department. The latest public outcry came at the commissioners’ regular meeting on Wednesday.

The Sedgwick County Health Department is revamping some of its programs before more than $500,000 dollars in funding cuts take effect in 2016. KMUW’s Deborah Shaar tells us why the public health department has been forced to give up its lead role in some initiatives.

National WIC Association

Sedgwick County Commissioners have approved $1.9 million in grants for the Women, Infants and Children program (WIC). The funding is provided by the federal government and is administered through the Kansas Department of Health and Environment.

Sedgwick County

Sedgwick County Commissioners are set to vote Wednesday on a grant worth more than $2 million for the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program.

Abigail Wilson file photo

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.