Chris Presson has resigned from his post as general manager of Intrust Bank Arena effective May 7 because of “family reasons,” Sedgwick County and arena management company, SMG, announced this afternoon.
The abrupt departure comes almost two years after he was named general manager.
SMG will search for a replacement from within their company, according to a statement by Gary Desjardins, SMG general manager, Ford Center and SMG regional oversight manager.
Presson is the former general manager of the Wichita Thunder hockey team.
County Commissioner Gwen Welshimer said that she and other commissioners were “dumbfounded” when County Manager William Buchanan informed them about Presson’s resignation after an executive session today.
She said there was no indication that he would be leaving. “He’s done a good job so far,” she said. “He’s been responsive to our questions and so on.”
Welshimer said that the county has pressed to get more detailed information on the arena’s financial books. "So there are things that haven't been made clear to us,” she said. “But they did come and give us a report on the totals so far and those looked pretty good."