Wichita City Council selects retired aircraft engineer as interim member

Roger Smith, a 57-year-old retired aircraft industrial engineer, has been selected to serve an interim term on the Wichita City Council.

He will replace Jim Skelton, who resigned after being elected a Sedgwick County commissioner, in District 3 in south Wichita.

The City Council voted 6-0 on Tuesday to appoint Smith over two other candidates, Paul Michael Loop and Hoyt Hillman. He will serve until someone is elected in April to serve the remaining two years of  Skelton’s term.

Several candidates have expressed interest in running for the seat. Smith has said in the past that he might run if he were appointed for the interim and found that it was a good fit for him and the community.

He has said his focus as interim council member would be to listen to residents and resolve their complaints.