Sedgwick County Commission


The Sedgwick County Commission voted Wednesday to once again restrict the use of electronic cigarettes in county buildings.

Commissioners voted 3-2 to reverse an earlier policy that allowed county employees to vape at work. Now, e-cigarettes will be treated the same as regular cigarettes: No smoking indoors, or within 25 feet of a building entrance.

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Sedgwick County commissioners delayed making a decision Wednesday about the future location of a new county administration building.

The county plans to move departments out of the current courthouse to free up space for the district attorney’s office and the court system.

The commissioners discussed the three options they are considering. Those include buying and renovating the Riverview building, near Second and Waco, or a downtown building on North Main. The third option is constructing a new building next to the Sedgwick County Courthouse.

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With Friday's filing deadline passed, this year's primary races are starting to take shape.

Of the three seats on the Sedgwick County Commission up for election, the 4th District is the most contested.

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Sedgwick County commissioners are getting updates on departmental budget requests as part of the 2019 budget process.

County leaders have been briefing commissioners on the most pressing budget issues during workshops that began earlier this month.

County Manager Mike Scholes says the department of public safety needs increased funding across its agencies, including 911 and the sheriff’s office.

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Sedgwick County commissioners put off making a decision about the future location for county government offices in Wichita for at least two weeks, but at Wednesday’s meeting, they did narrow down six options to three finalists.

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A third candidate has entered the race for the District 4 seat on the Sedgwick County Commission.

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Sedgwick County Commissioner Michael O'Donnell has been indicted on charges of wire fraud, bank fraud and money laundering.

Kansas News Service

The Kansas Legislature approved a bill this week that gives Sedgwick County the flexibility to consolidate local government in the future.

City of Wichita

A two-term Wichita City Council member has entered the race for the 1st District seat on the Sedgwick County Commission.

Pete Meitzner announced his candidacy Tuesday. He says south-central Kansas is in a positive mode, and he wants to keep the momentum going by joining the Sedgwick County Commission.

"There is just this void that I can feel where we can bring Sedgwick County into a more active participation and play a more active role in all the betterment we have been seeing in the community," Meitzner says.

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A former county commissioner says he's running again for the District 5 seat after nearly four years away from public service.