Even if Sedgwick County Commission Chairman Kelly Parks and Commissioner Gwen Welshimer (in photo) said something to Wichita officials about the possibility of building a new work-release center or other jail facility in downtown Wichita — a big “if,” given that Wichita Mayor Carl Brewer and Vice Mayor Jim Skelton say it never happened — Parks and Welshimer clearly didn’t do a good job communicating. But what matters moving forward is that the county makes sure it involves city officials and downtown leaders in the planning, so that the location of the facility doesn’t undermine public and private efforts to redevelop downtown.
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