Wichita City Council appoints Roger Smith to fill Jim Skelton's seat

Wichita City Council members selected Roger Smith, a 57-year-old former industrial engineer, as the interim council member in southeast Wichita's District 3.

Smith will replace Jim Skelton, who is leaving the council because he was elected a Sedgwick County commissioner in November.

The City Council voted 6-0 Tuesday to appoint Smith over two other candidates, Michael Loop and Hoyt Hillman. He will serve until someone is elected in April to serve the remaining two years of Skelton's term.

Smith said he is undecided about whether he will become a candidate. Several candidates have expressed interest in running in April. Loop said he would endorse Hillman if he runs for the seat. Others who plan to run include Clinton Coen and James Clendenin.

Smith has been on the District 3 advisory board and is past president and current treasurer of the East Mount Vernon Neighborhood Association.

He works part-time as an usher at Wichita State University sporting events.

Smith has said he hopes to maintain the momentum behind existing projects in his district.

He was generally supportive of the city's proposed trash-hauling cooperative because it provides more ways for people to recycle, but he hasn't explicitly endorsed the plan. He said he wants the proposed $20 a month price tag reduced.