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Exploration Place interim director hired

The former city manager of Hutchinson will serve as interim director of Exploration Place.

Sedgwick County commissioners unanimously approved a contract with Joe Palacioz that pays him $1,500 a week for 30 hours of work each week. He will not receive benefits.

Palacioz will serve as the museum’s leader until a new president is hired. The county hopes to wrap up that process before March. Former president Alberto Meloni resigned earlier this year.