Sedgwick County Commission

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Sedgwick County Commissioner Karl Peterjohn is up for re-election this year, and he could have a potential challenger in Goddard Mayor Marcey Gregory.

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Updated Tuesday, April 19: Commissioners approved the consent agenda item allowing vaping in county buildings in a 3-2 vote Monday night during their meeting in Derby. 

Original story:

The Sedgwick County Commission will consider a change to the policy procedures manual regarding county buildings and county personnel within them. One of the changes will allow vaping.

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A group of health leaders and elected officials will be traveling to Tulsa in May to learn about that city’s public health department.

The visit is part of a new Public Health Sister City Program getting started in Sedgwick County.

Organizers picked Tulsa for the sister city program because it is similar in size and demographics to Wichita. The city also has an accredited public health department.

Becky Tuttle with Health ICT says the local group will learn about the Tulsa health department’s structure and core functions.

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The Sedgwick County Commissioners will be taking their regular meeting on the road next week.

Holding meetings in their districts is part of a broader plan they have for engaging the community.

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A plan to reopen the Lake Afton Public Observatory is moving forward.

Wichita State University closed the 34-year old observatory last August as attendance had dipped in recent years. Ever since the Lake Afton Public Observatory closed, a local group of astronomers has been working to reopen the facility.

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The Sedgwick County Commission has selected a new chairman, even as a movement to recall the previous chairman continues to move ahead.

Commissioner Jim Howell was named chairman in a 4-1 vote.

Richard Ranzau completed his year as chairman with a wrap-up of his accomplishments. They include a new tag office, space for the Metropolitan Area Building and Construction Department, as well as the Metropolitan Area Planning Department, and maintaining the mill levy rate.

Sedgwick County District Attorney Marc Bennett has blocked a second attempt to recall Commissioner Richard Ranzau.

The group Recall Ranzau submitted a second petition earlier this month after Bennett rejected a previous push to recall the Sedgwick County Commission chairman. In it, they state that as a public official, Ranzau has failed to support the state constitution and failed to act as a commissioner and as a board of health.

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.