Daily Archives: June 28, 2011

Sedgwick County Manager Buchanan to serve on KPERS commission

Sedgwick County Manager William Buchanan will serve on a new commission formed to strengthen the state’s retirement system.

Senate President Steve Morris, R-Hugoton, today announced two appointments to the group, charged with examining the Kansas Public Employees Retirement (KPERS) system and making recommendations to the Legislature to improve the long-term financial strength of the plan, a news release said.

Buchanan was Morris’ public appointment to the board. Morris also appointed Sen. Jeff King, R-Independence.

“I am pleased to have Senator King and Mr. Buchanan at the table,” Morris said. “With input from legislators, citizens and financial experts from across the state, I am confident the commission will come back to us with a plan that will protect both our retirees and our bottom line.”

Buchanan, the news release said, has more than 16 years of experience with public retirement plans in Kansas and in other states. He has served on the board and as chairman of a defined contribution system; taken part in two different deferred compensation plans; and has hands-on experience with both the participant and administrator aspects of public retirement plans.

“This is a tremendous opportunity to work with other Kansans to find a solution that is fiscally responsible for our state and respectful to the many retired men and women who have paid into KPERS over the years,” Buchanan said in the news release.

County commissioner: Gunpowder and beer don’t mix

Gunpowder and beer don’t mix, Sedgwick County Commissioner Jim Skelton reminded residents Tuesday, noting that the Fourth of July is around the corner.

Skelton joked that he knew that from experience.

Commissioner Jim Skelton starts District #5 advisory board, first meeting Wednesday

One of Sedgwick County Commissioner Jim Skelton’s campaign promises was that he would create a district advisory board for residents of the southeastern part of the county.

Skelton, who represents District 5 including Derby and Mulvane, will have his first district advisory board meeting at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Derby Recreation Center, 801 E. Market in Derby.

Skelton will speak about the district advisory board’s by-laws. Sedgwick County Counselor Rich Euson will make a presentation about zoning and land use, and Sedgwick County Budget Director David Miller will speak about the county’s financial situation and budget issues.

The board plans to meet monthly.