Daily Archives: Dec. 17, 2008

Layton contract likely Thursday

Maybe, just maybe, Wichita will sign its new city manager Thursday, a move that could be made official at a special 1 p.m. meeting in City Hall, sources say. Robert Layton was expected Tuesday to send back either confirmation that an agreement had been reached or that more negotiating would be needed. Neither happened, perhaps because of the heavy snow that canceled some classes and led to emergency street-clearing efforts in Urbandale, Iowa, the Des Moines suburb Layton has managed for more than 24 years. Stay tuned to Kansas.com Thursday for updates.

Karl Peterjohn speaks from audience to county commission about TIF district

Karl Peterjohn hasn’t been sworn in yet as a Sedgwick County commissioner, but he made his concerns about tax increment financing (TIF) districts known Wednesday morning when he took advantage of the public comment portion of the county commission’s meeting .

His comments that TIF districts give developers an unfair advantage give a glimpse of what votes could be like when Peterjohn moves from the audience to the bench after the first of the year. Peterjohn has been regularly attending commission meetings since the Nov. 4 general election.

Commissioners voted 3-2 to approve a 16-block TIF district near Intrust Bank Arena. Many are looking for Peterjohn to swing the board’s majority vote. When there is a split vote on the commission, members Kelly Parks and Gwen Welshimer typically line up together, as do Tom Winters, Dave Unruh and Tim Norton. Commission observers believe Parks, Welshimer and Peterjohn could have a majority vote on controversial issues in the future.

Governor’s spokeswoman leaving to become chief of staff for Lew Perkins

From a press release posted on the Kansas Athletics’ web site Dec. 17

LAWRENCE, Kan. — Nicole Corcoran, communications director and press secretary for Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius, has accepted the position of Chief of Staff for University of Kansas Athletics Director Lew Perkins.

Corcoran has served with Sebelius since 1999, first as the public information director for the State of Kansas Insurance Commissioner from 1999-2002. When Sebelius was elected governor, Corcoran became communications director and press secretary of the Governor’s office. Read More »

Sheriff Gary Steed honored by county commissioners

Sedgwick County Sheriff Gary Steed joked this morning that he was holding out for a Rolex watch when commission chairman Tom Winters presented him with the county’s traditional crystal retirement clock.

Steed, who has served the county for 34 years, is retiring Dec. 20. County Republican leaders met Tuesday night and named Sheriff-Elect Robert Hinshaw as Steed’s replacement until Hinshaw takes office after the first of the year.

Commissioners praised Steed for bringing professionalism to public safety and for the handling of controversial issues with a steady hand.