To their credit, Mayor Carl Brewer and the Wichita City Council are being both open and deliberate in their crucial choice of a new city manager. On Saturday they narrowed the slate from five strong finalists to three: Sedgwick County Manager William Buchanan; Urbandale, Iowa, City Manager Robert Layton; and former Corpus Christi, Texas, City Manager Skip Noe. In an editorial, the Topeka Capital-Journal praised the openness and public involvement being used in Wichita’s city-manager search process, suggesting that Topeka could learn from it should its city manager, Norton Bonaparte, land the Wichita job (which he didn’t).
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