Sedgwick County Commission

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Sedgwick County commissioners have put their attorney on paid leave until further notice.

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Voters in Sedgwick County picked a political newcomer over a two-term commissioner to represent the commission’s 4th District.

Unofficial results from Tuesday’s general election show Democrat Lacey Cruse defeated Republican Richard Ranzau by 8 percent.

This was Lacey Cruse’s first political campaign, and she nailed it. She led the race as soon as early voting results were posted and never trailed. She had a similar outcome in the August primary.

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The race for the Sedgwick County Commission’s 5th District is between two men who have experience being a commissioner.

Republican Jim Howell of Derby is currently representing the district, and independent candidate Jim Skelton is trying to reclaim his old job.

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Sedgwick County commissioners are divided over a new policy that reduces the number of commissioners required to conduct county business.

The change in the quorum rule comes during a tense time at the county. There is a county-initiated personnel review into county leadership and an FBI investigation into the county commission.

Under the new policy, three commissioners instead of four will need to be present to conduct county business or hold meetings including executive sessions.

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A Sedgwick County commissioner is counting on his proven experience and a strong base of support to win re-election for a third term.

Republican Richard Ranzau faces Democrat Lacey Cruse, a political newcomer, in the race to represent the county’s 4th District.

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Sedgwick County commissioners spent more time debating the process of a personnel investigation than conducting business during their weekly meeting Wednesday.

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Sedgwick County's 1st District will soon have its first new representative on the County Commission in 16 years.

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An investigation into Sedgwick County leadership is on hold for now.

Sedgwick County Commission Chairman David Dennis gave an update at Wednesday's meeting.

The commissioners are hiring outside legal counsel instead of using the county’s attorney, Eric Yost, to look into personnel problems.

Dennis says he had a limited meeting with a lawyer this week because commissioners still need to decide a scope and mission for the investigation.

That work stalled because Dennis wasn’t able to get a quorum for meetings.

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Sedgwick County officials are planning to ask the Kansas Legislature to change election laws to make voting easier.

When people use advance voting, they are able to cast ballots at the election office in downtown Wichita or other sites throughout the county. But on Election Day, voters must use their designated polling location.

Sedgwick County Commission Chairman David Dennis says he wants lawmakers to change this policy to allow voters to use any polling place.

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Sedgwick County commissioners renewed a federal grant Wednesday for a housing program that helps homeless people.

The Shelter Plus Care Housing Program gives homeless people a place to live while they work on skills to increase their income and self-sufficiency.

Assistant County Manager Tim Kaufman said Wednesday the program provides housing vouchers with a care component.