525 N. Main Suite 320
Wichita, KS 67203
Michael O'Donnell, II
Chair Pro Tem
Any member of the public may request to place an item
on the agenda for consideration by the Board of County
Commissioners through either of two procedures:
Comments from the public are generally
limited to five (5) minutes. Time limits may be adjusted
as necessary. Requests made by a member of the public
under either (a) or (b) above shall be limited in
frequency to no more than one presentation in every
other Regular Wednesday meeting.
Presentations to the Board Members of the public wishing
to address topics that are unusually detailed or
complicated, thus requiring longer time for
presentation, are urged to make a written request to the
County Manager. Such request shall be submitted by the
Monday nine days prior to the anticipated Board Meeting
date. For more information please contact Jessica Ostmeyer at
Jessica.Ostmeyer@sedgwick.gov or 660-9393.
Steps for getting a proclamation on an agenda:
1. Unless otherwise approved by the Board of
County Commissioners, the requestor must be a person(s)
or organization outside the Sedgwick County
organization. They must submit a narrative that
includes the following items:
2. The request should be made at least three
weeks in advance of the requested commission meeting
date to the County Manager's Office at 660-9393 or email
3. Once the request is received you will
be informed by County staff whether or not your request
will be granted.
4. At the requested Board of County
Commissioners meeting, the Chairman, the sponsoring
Commissioner, or Manager's Office staff will read the
proclamation into the record. The requestor or
representative of the requesting organization may be in
attendance to receive the proclamation or may make
arrangements to pick up or have the proclamation
delivered after action by the Board in open meeting.
5. The Board of County Commissioners reserves
the right to decline any request for a proclamation or
to make exception to the guidelines. The Board
retains the right to limit the number of proclamations
at a Commission Meeting.
View our entire Proclamation Policy approved by the
Board of County Commissioners on April 6, 2016.
In fulfilling its legislative responsibilities, the
Board of Sedgwick County Commissioners considers
resolutions, which are equivalent to "bills" in the
United States Congress and the Kansas Legislature and to
ordinances considered by municipal governing councils. A
resolution generally originates at the request of a
commissioner, another elected official, the county
manager or a department director. Resolutions are
drafted by the Sedgwick County Counselor's Office.
Before voting on a proposed resolution, it is discussed
by the board at the meeting. Any citizen may appear
before the board to speak, up to five minutes, either in
favor of or in opposition to the resolution. Following
discussion, the board votes on the resolution. Adoption
of an ORDINARY resolution requires a majority (three or
more) "yes" votes from the board. Resolutions become
effective on passage or upon publication, if required.
If there is a state law on a subject that applies to a
particular county, but the law does not apply to all
counties uniformly, a CHARTER resolution is necessary in
dealing with that subject. A charter resolution requires
four yes votes and is subject to a protest petition. If
a protest petition is filed, then the matter must go
before a vote of the people
Mission: To assure quality public services that provide for the present and future well-being of the citizens of Sedgwick County.
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