Category Archives: County government

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“I’m not good at sharing cookies.”

Sedgwick County Commission Chairman Dave Unruh’s confession, which was the first of a couple during Wednesday’s proclamation of Girl Scout Cookie Month 


“As a Calvinist, it’s important for me to confess my transgressions. Commissioner Norton, I took your Lemonades. As a good Methodist, I know that you’ll forgive me and let me keep them.”

– County Manager Bill Buchanan’s cookie confession to Commissioner Tim Norton

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“I spent a year not pushing a button, and I found it now right here.”

– Sedgwick County Commissioner Jim Skelton, who spent a year leading meetings as chairman, apologizing to Chairman Dave Unruh about interrupting discussions without signaling he wished to speak.

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– Sedgwick County Commissioner Richard Ranzau when asked by communications director Kristi Zukovich if he would be on Santa’s nice or naughty list.

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“My first place that I am not going to get married at is the Grand Chapel.”

– Sedgwick County Chairman Jim Skelton, whose upcoming marriage to Stacy Luke won’t take place at the facility he sued over his daughter’s wedding

“That’s correct, he’s not.”

– Grand Chapel owner Dennis Wilkie, who says Skelton is “a troublemaker, and I just don’t want to deal with troublemakers.”

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“Don’t forget to set your scale back 10 pounds this week.”

Kristi Zukovich, joking with Sedgwick County commissioners about next week’s Thanksgiving feast

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“I’m going to take this clock, which does not have an alarm on it that I can tell.”

Karen McNally, director of community support service for Comcare, accepting her retirement clock after working for Sedgwick County for 20 years

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“I wasn’t trying to infer that people who are on WIC eat dog food or should eat dog food.”

– County Commissioner Karl Peterjohn explaining his comment during a commission discussion of WIC Wednesday that “if you’re a dog food producer and the … dogs don’t like your product, eventually it gets to their owners and the sales go down.”

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“They passed it. They own it. They ought to pay for it.”

– Harvey County commissioner Chip Westfall on the effect of state tax cuts on local governments, which have to make up the shortfalls through their budgets

Second Sedgwick County drivers license bureau to open in Bristol Square in Derby

WICHITA — The state has decided on a second drivers license bureau for Sedgwick County. As many had hoped, it will be in Derby.

“It is the first time that Sedgwick County will have had more than one drivers licensing bureau … in a decade,” says spokeswoman Jeannine Koranda.

The bureau will be in 4,500 square feet at the Bristol Square shopping center at Madison and Rock Road.

The last time the county had a second bureau, it was in the Parklane Shopping Center at Lincoln and Oliver. Koranda says she’s not sure why that one closed.

“I can’t speak to that because it was a prior administration,” she says. “Since then, there’s only been one.”

Koranda says the new bureau will open this fall to accommodate a growing population, particularly in that area.

The state is adding staff for that office and for the bureau in Andover, which Koranda says is another growing area.

The new Derby bureau will be similar to the existing one at the Twin Lakes shopping center and handle new licenses and renewals, driver testing and concealed-carry licenses.

Bradley Tidemann with J.P. Weigand & Sons handled the deal for the Bristol Square space.

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“Finally found something I’m qualified to do.”

– Sedgwick County District Attorney Marc Bennett, responding to County Manager Bill Buchanan’s praise that he did a great job serving water and iced tea at the county fair