Carrie Rengers

Four finalists for county manager include two Sedgwick County employees

Commissioner Dave Unruh confirms that there are two local finalists and two from out of the market, but he won’t comment on who they are.
Commissioner Dave Unruh confirms that there are two local finalists and two from out of the market, but he won’t comment on who they are. File photo

County commissioners have narrowed the finalists for a new Sedgwick County manager to four people.

Commissioner Dave Unruh says the county has “strong applications” and “the opportunity to make a good choice.”

The local finalists include Tim Kaufman, director of the Division of Health and Human Services for Sedgwick County, and Tom Stolz, director of the Metropolitan Area Building and Construction Department.

The other two finalists are Michael Scholes, from Fort Belvoir, Va.; and Ryan Waller, of Glenview, Ill.; Sedgwick County announced in a release Tuesday.

Scholes served as chief of staff for the Kosovo Forces of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. Waller is the current assistant county administrator of Lake County, Ill.

Kaufman couldn’t immediately be reached for comment, and Stolz would not comment.

“We’ve just got to finish the process,” Unruh says.

Earlier this summer, Bill Buchanan retired after 24 years as county manager.

Unruh says a decision about a new manager will be an inclusive one.

“We are going to plan to have some opportunities for some sectors of the community to chat with the candidates,” he says. “Hopefully they will give us some feedback.”

Unruh says there’s another round of interviews as well.

“Then it comes time to make a decision.”

Reach Carrie Rengers at 316-268-6340 or crengers@wichitaeagle.com. Follow her on Twitter: @CarrieRengers.

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