Daily Archives: March 10, 2009

Pat Salerno found a job

salernoWill he “feel right” about this one?

Eight months after he ditched Wichita after signing a contact, Pat Salerno has landed a job. City commissioners in Coral Gables, Fla. selected him as their new manager today, according to a report in the Miami Herald. The story says commissioners initially voted 3-2, but gave Salerno a 4-1 vote on a second round. His selection comes after several other interviews in other cities that chose other candidates over him.

Salerno didn’t bill the city for his trips to Wichita. But Mayor Carl Brewer and Council member Sue Schlapp flew to Salerno’s former city, Sunrise, Fla. after interviewing him, and the city and its appointed board poured hours of work into the selection process. (The Eagle also sent a reporter to Sunrise.)

Salerno has never given Wichita any real indication why he backed out of his commitment. Mayor Carl Brewer said that Salerno only told him “I just don’t feel right.”

Kelsey picks up Huckabee endorsement for his Congressional bid

State Sen. Dick Kelsey has picked up a notable endorsement from former presidential contender Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee.

Kelsey, R-Goddard, has tossed his hat in the ring for the 4th Congressional District. The seat’s current occupant, U.S. Rep. Todd Tiahrt, R-Goddard, is running for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by U.S. Sen. Sam Brownback, R-Kan., who plans to run for governor.

Currently, Kelsey is the only official candidate for the seat.

Below is Huckabee’s endorsement message. Read More »

Tiahrt urges Lt. Gov. Parkinson to approve Holcomb coal plants

Congressman Todd Tiahrt, R-Goddard, sent a letter to Lt. Gov. Mark Parkinson, a Democrat, on Tuesday urging Parkinson to support a bill that would allow two coal-fired plants to be built in western Kansas.

With Gov. Kathleen Sebelius likely leaving in the near future to become the health and human services secretary, Parkinson could decide if HB 2014 is vetoed or signed.

Tiahrt is running for the U.S. Senate seat currently held by Sen. Sam Brownback, R-Kan., who is running for governor. Read More »

Salerno decision in Florida possible today

salernoPat Salerno, who backed out of a contract in Wichita last summer, may learn today whether he landed a new job after months of searching. The Miami Herald reported today he and two other finalists were interviewed for the city manager position in Coral Gables, Fla., a Miami suburb of about 43,000 people.

Salerno has been a finalist in several cities, mostly in Florida and the East Coast. His history with Wichita and the censure issued by the International City/County Management Association after he reneged on a contract have been reported in Miami and other cities he has applied.

Smoking ban debate resumes in House health committee

The smoking debate is back, this time in a House health committee that will  hear from proponents of the statewide smoking ban today.

On Wednesday, the House Health and Human Services Committee will hear from opponents of Senate Bill 25, which would ban smoking in most indoor public places.

The committee meets at 1:30 p.m.