Two area government managers honored by state group

William Buchanan, Sedgwick County manager, and Kathy Sexton, city manager of Derby, were among the local government officials honored at the Kansas Association of City/County Managers annual conference earlier this month.

The event was held in Manhattan Dec. 3-5, according to information from the KACM.

Buchanan received the Career Achievement Award. Sexton received the Innovation Award for her work implementing a new work schedule for city staff, according to information from the group.

The Buford M. Watson Jr. Award for Managerial Excellence, the highest honor presented by KACM, was given Ron R. Fehr, city manager of Manhattan. Fehr began his career in Manhattan in 1982 as the forestry supervisor and rose through the ranks. He became city manager following a national search in 2000.

Also recognized with Early Career Excellence Awards were Taggart Wall, city manager of Sterling, and Grayson Path, city administrator of Jetmore.

KACM is the association of professional local government managers in Kansas and has more than 200 members.