Commission approves contract with new County Manager
The Board of County Commissioners voted unanimously today to accept the employment contract with Tom Stolz making him the new Sedgwick County Manager. Stolz was named Interim County Manager in December after serving as Deputy Manager since May 2017. He was promoted to Deputy Manager after serving as Assistant County Manager of Public Safety, Code Enforcement and Emergency Management since August 2016.
During the discussion, Chairman David Dennis said, “Through every interaction with community members, partners and staff, the support for this decision was strong. All of those who have worked with Tom recognize that he is a strong leader who has developed strong relationships.”
After the vote Stolz said, “I’m incredibly humbled and honored to serve the Commissioners and Sedgwick County, especially our great staff who are experts in what they do from clinicians to deputies to budget analysts. Our focus must be on delivering the services our residents need today and planning for tomorrow, creating efficiencies in how we operate.”
Stolz has more than three decades in public service. Before joining Sedgwick County, Stolz was named the first Director of the Metropolitan Area Building and Construction Department (MABCD), a joint department between the City of Wichita and Sedgwick County. In that position he led the joint department’s consolidation efforts reporting to both City of Wichita and Sedgwick County. Stolz was named to the position after retiring from the Wichita Police Department in 2012 after a 31-year career culminating as Deputy Police Chief.
He has a Bachelor’s of Science in Biology from Newman University, a Master’s in Administration of Justice from Wichita State University, and a Police Executive Research Forum’s Senior Management Certificate from Boston University.