Sedgwick County

Sedgwick County has released its first strategic plan in more than 20 years. The plan outlines the county’s priorities and sets goals for the next five years.

The 12-page plan from the Sedgwick County manager’s office establishes the county’s new mission and explains its organizational values.

The county says it wants to be a “value driven, regional leader” that uses partnerships to deliver services to the public.

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Polling site changes will make it more confusing for more than 36,000 registered voters to cast a ballot in the race to fill the House seat vacated by CIA Director Mike Pompeo.

The April 11 election in Kansas falls during Holy Week, the annual Christian observance leading up Easter Sunday. The timing has bedeviled election officials because many of polling locations are in churches and some were unavailable on short notice for the special election.

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The Sedgwick County Election Office is getting ready for the 4th Congressional District special election.

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Sedgwick County will no longer publish its legal notices in the Wichita Eagle. Commissioners voted Wednesday in favor of a cheaper vendor.

The county will begin publishing its legal notices—such as delinquent taxes and notices of lawsuits—in the Derby Weekly Informer.

Commissioners said the change will save taxpayers money: The Wichita Eagle, the county’s current vendor, would have cost an estimated $133,000 a year. The Informer would cost and estimated $56,000.

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A new citizens advisory board is being established in Sedgwick County’s 3rd District.

Commissioner David Dennis represents District 3, which comprises the western half of the county. It includes large parts of west Wichita as well as Goddard, Cheney, Colwich, Mount Hope and Garden Plain.

Commissioners voted unanimously Wednesday to support Dennis’ proposal for the citizens advisory board. He said he’s creating the board to fulfill a campaign promise to get more public input on county matters.

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In a reversal from a 2014 policy, the Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office in Wichita says it will once again honor requests from Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE, to detain people suspected of being in the U.S. illegally.

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The Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office on Wednesday asked commissioners for input on how to respond to a recent executive order on immigration. The county stands to lose millions in federal funding if it doesn’t comply with the controversial order.

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A recent increase in heroin-related deaths prompted Sedgwick County officials on Thursday to warn residents about the dangers of some of the drugs they’re starting to see in the community.

Sedgwick County District Attorney Marc Bennett said he hasn’t seen a major increase in the number of heroin possession or distribution cases in recent years.

“You don’t really see a huge spike in the past few years, but the toxicity, I don't know if I'm using the right word here, but lethality of the stuff that is on the streets is concerning," he said.

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Sedgwick County has released additional information about the fraudulent activity that resulted in the theft of over $566,000 last fall.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office announced Tuesday that a 48-year-old man from Georgia had been arrested and charged with wire fraud in relation to the crime. According to county officials, nearly $22,500 of the missing funds has been recovered to date. The county is continuing to “pursue all avenues of potential recovery.”

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An FBI investigation found an “e-mail spoofing scheme” was to blame for Sedgwick County’s loss of $566,000 last fall.

A criminal complaint filed in U.S. District Court charges George James, 48, of Brookhaven, Georgia, with wire fraud.

Investigators say James sent an email to Sedgwick County, on behalf of a Wichita construction company, to request a bank account change for electronic payments.