Daily Archives: Jan. 4, 2011

Farewell reception set for Sedgwick County commissioner Kelly Parks

Sedgwick County commissioner Kelly Parks will attend his last meeting Wednesday, after which his colleagues will bid farewell to him at an 11 a.m. reception.

The reception will be in the basement meeting room at the courthouse, 525 N. Main.

Parks, a Republican, did not seek re-election to his seat representing the northern part of the county, including Valley Center and Park City.

Richard Ranzau, a Republican, will be sworn in as the District 4 commissioner on Sunday.

Interim Wichita City Council member sworn in, says he won’t seek seat in April

A map of District 3

Shortly before being sworn in Tuesday as an interim Wichita City Council member, Roger Smith said he won’t officially seek the position in this spring’s election.

“I won’t campaign for it,” he said. “If I do it at all, it will be as a write-in candidate.”

Smith is filling the position for District 3 in southeast Wichita. He is replacing Jim Skelton, who left the council after being elected a Sedgwick County commissioner in November.

After being sworn in by Jennifer Jones, administrative judge for the municipal court, Smith told the audience he will be “your go-to guy.” (See video)

Mayor Carl Brewer told Smith’s wife, Debby, “He’s going to miss a lot of dinners and you’ll be having a lot of people calling your house you never heard of.”

Last month, the council voted 6-0 to appoint Smith over two other candidates, Michael Loop and Hoyt Hillman. He will serve until someone is elected in April.

Hillman, Clinton Coen and James Clendenin have said they plan to run for the seat.

Smith, a 57-year-old former industrial engineer,  has been on the District 3 advisory board. He’s also past president and current treasurer of the East Mount Vernon Neighborhood Association.

Smith can be reached at rasmith@wichita.gov or by calling 316-268-4331.