What people say about Wichita’s city manager finalists

While we hang out in the city council lobby waiting for the council to emerge from a private meeting, thought we’d take time to share some of the insights from the people who attended the city manager finalist forums Wednesday and Thursday. The information comes from the slips people submitted to the city after the forums. The Eagle requested them and the city obliged. There were some we couldn’t read, and others that just said “good” or “bad.” These excerpts are just some of the most colorful quotes. So read on for more…

On Sedgwick County Manager William Buchanan:

“How do you not know whether dash cams make a difference? Is there no communication with the sheriff and county manager?”

“He presumably does a good job at the county; but I don’t see the match between him and the city manager position of Wichita.”

“I don’t think he’s the one.”

“Lots of inner strength, focused.” But the writer called him “aloof.”

On Urbandale, Iowa City Manager Robert Layton:

“Seemed youngish”

“Does not quite seem ready, 2-3 yrs from now he has the potential to be the best fit.”

On Topeka City Manager Norton Bonaparte, Jr:

“Seemed like OK candidate but race disadvantage because … (Illegible) number of blacks in high positions would make his selection suspect. Fair or unfair.

“Something very distant about him. Not a fully good feel for him.”

On Floyd Johnson, executive director of the Riviera Beach Community Redevelopment Agency:

“Not impressed”

“Steady, competent, thoughtful, measured.”

On Skip Noe, former city manager of Corpus Christi, Texas:

“The most personable and transparent. Seems very approachable engaging.”

“From a look standpoint, does not seem approachable.”

“Seems honest, straightforward and experience.”