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Sedgwick County Commission Names New County Manager


The Sedgwick County Commission voted unanimously today to appoint Brig. Gen. Michael Scholes, Sr. as the next county manager.

Scholes will replace Bill Buchanan who retired in June after more than 20 years on the job. The job is the highest non-elected position in county government, which includes 2,663 active full and part time employees.

According to a release from the county, Scholes served as chief of staff for the Kosovo Forces of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization in Kosovo from 2014-2015. Commissioner Richard Ranzau said Scholes is currently living in Virginia.

“He’s willing to end his career and bring his family here in order to go to work on behalf of this community," Ranzau said, "and we are tremendously honored and fortunate to have a man of his stature and ability willing to be the next county manager.”

Ron Holt is the acting County Manager. Scholes' first day of employment will be no later than November 15, according to the employment agreement.


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