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Commissioner jokes about elevator conversation

Sedgwick County Commissioner Kelly Parks used his turn to talk at the board’s meeting with staff today to alert his colleagues that he had talked to some employees on the elevator the other day.

His comment was a dig at allegations that Parks recently talked to the Association of County Employees president about whether staff would be interested in forming a union. He has denied that he asked about unionization and said he asked about whether employees would want to to reinstate an employee benefits group.

Parks “confessed” he had talked to a few employees on the elevator and wanted everyone to know so there was no confusion that he had talked to anyone about county business.

In other elevator business, commissioner Gwen Welshimer told staff that sheriff’s deputies had asked her not to use the service elevator, which goes to the first to third floors but requires a key to go to higher floors.