Accomplishments

Budget and Infrastructure:

  • Oversaw positive operating incomes in the General Fund in the 2017, 2018, and 2019 fiscal years:
    • 2017: $4.8 million
    • 2018: $1.6 million
    • 2019 unaudited: $3.5 million
  • Improvements to roads and bridges in District 3: $15,845,062.47
  • Bonding for County bridge work included $3.45 million in 2018, $1.8 million in 2019, and $865,000 in 2020.
  • Secured continued state funding for Comcare’s Community Crisis Center and supported behavioral health in Sedgwick County.
  • Authorized the hiring of a Substance Abuse Community Coordinator and a Behavioral Health Community Coordinator.
  • Project Access– a partnership program administered through the Central Plains Regional Health Care Foundation, an affiliate of the Medical Society of Sedgwick County– supported 1,149 patients in 2018.
  • One million dollars was granted to the Emergency Communications’ computer-aided dispatch system replacement to allow for improved and more stable communications with law enforcement and first responders.
  • Approved $6 million in funding over the next three years to replace the County-owned entryway and administrative building at the Sedgwick County Zoo.
  • The 2018-2022 Capital Improvement Program saw an additional $2.5 million to fund the maintenance costs for the M.S. “Mitch” Mitchell Floodway.
  • Supported infrastructure improvements, specifically for the Wichita North Junction Interchange.

 

Fire District 1 and EMS:

  • Supported the launch of the Integrated Care Team (ICT-1) pilot program, a joint-venture with the City of Wichita aimed at treating those in mental health crisis while freeing resources to focus on high-urgency 911 calls.
  • Joint training and functional consolidation measures between Fire District 1 and the Wichita Fire Department.
  • Added EMS crews to Sedgwick County Fire Station 39 in Garden Plain.
  • Construction of a new fire station in Andale at a cost of $2,410,558. The new station has space for fire vehicles and modern facilities to house a crew of four members per shift.

 

County Investments:

  • Approved nearly $3 million in improvements to INTRUST Bank Arena, including an upgrade of the northern entrance– or “Entrance C”– with more doorways and more lobby space, an increased number of wireless internet hot spots, and an increased amount of security devices.
  • $7 million investment in new manufacturing building at the Spirit Aerospace campus, supporting job retention and creation.
  • New funding agreement for the Sedgwick County Extension Center.
  • Improvements to the Sedgwick County Fairgrounds, including a new building.
  • The hiring of Tom Stolz as County Manager, stabilizing County government and internal employee culture.
  • Creation and implementation of a new comprehensive strategic plan for County departments and divisions.

 

Community Engagement:

  • Created a Citizen’s Advisory Board for District 3.
  • Accompanied the Wichita Regional Chamber of Commerce on a City-to-City trip to San Antonio, Texas. The behavioral health portion of the tour focused on the Restoration Center– which is similar to the COMCARE Crisis Center—and the Haven for Hope facility, a collaboration between many non-profit providers to help people experiencing homelessness.
  • Vice-Chair of the Wichita Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (WAMPO) in 2019.
  • Senate Bill-130, allowing citizens to vote at any polling place in Sedgwick County, regardless of their home district.
  • Served as Chairman for 2018 and 2019. One of his final items of business each year was the presentation of the Chairman’s Award:
    • 2018 Chairman’s Award – Wichita Public School’s JROTC program for their support to 2,500 students
    • 2019 Chairman’s Award – Kansas Honor Flight, which provides World War II, Korea, and Vietnam War veterans an all-expense paid trip to Washington D.C.
  • Hazardous Waste Collection Events:
    • Garden Plain
    • Andale
  • Provided free document shredding event to combat identity theft.
  • Approved funding for the new hangar and education center for the B-29, Doc.
  • Approved funding for the Sunrise Boundless Playscape and the Art Walk at Sedgwick County Park, supporting recreational activities for disabled youth.
  • Supported securing NCAA tournament events at INTRUST Bank Arena.
  • Dedication of the Hill/LaMunyon plaque at the Wichita State University Law Enforcement Training Center.
  • Participated in the renaming of a portion of the Dole Center at McConnell AFB in honor of Lt. Erwin Bleckley, a World War I Medal of Honor recipient from Wichita.
  • Participated in the commissioning ceremony of the USS Wichita in Jacksonville, Florida.