If the Sedgwick County Commission wants to end its association with this or that group – or do anything else, for that matter – it should put the item on the agenda, not spring such business on the staff, the public and even other commissioners. Yet that’s the process Commission Chairman Richard Ranzau used to cut Sedgwick County’s ties with the National Association of Counties on Wednesday, a week after he just as abruptly pulled the county out of the Regional Economic Area Partnership. As Commissioner Karl Peterjohn noted – before voting with Ranzau and Commissioner Jim Howell to leave NACo, unfortunately – major policy decisions should not pop up during meetings. – Rhonda Holman
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