Commissioners say farewell to colleague Welshimer

Joking about how they didn’t always agree but he always knew where she stood, commissioner Dave Unruh wished Gwen Welshimer a good retirement as she heads to California.

Welshimer joked that she would send Unruh an e-mail any time he made a decision she didn’t agree with.

Welshimer is a former state legislator and represented District 5 on the commission. The Democrat lost her re-election bid to Wichita City Council member Jim SKelton in November.

She is moving to California to be closer to her son.

Commissioner Tim Norton joked that he didn’t expect the “love fest” between Welshimer and Unruh.

Chairman Karl Peterjohn gave Welshimer a crystal clock for retirement.