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For Immediate Release
January 13, 2021
Kate Flavin


Meitzner, Cruse Chosen to Lead Commission Through 2021

(Sedgwick County, Kan.) – Sedgwick County Commissioners re-select First District Commissioner Pete Meitzner and Fourth District Commissioner Lacey Cruse to lead the commission through 2021. Both will serve until January 14, 2022.

“I’m humbled and honored to serve as chairman again, Meitzner said. “This pandemic is still not over yet, so there’s some value to consistency during a time of crisis. I have learned that each commissioner has his or hers own incredible individual talent, unique to you, and I want to make it a point to help you develop and grow in your roles as commissioners to better serve Sedgwick County.

Meitzner began his first term as a Sedgwick County Commissioner representing District 1 in January 2019. Prior to serving as a Commissioner, he represented Wichita District II as a City Councilmember for seven years. His experience as a business leader, his budget knowledge and his civic work have supported his work in local government as well as with state and federal officials. Meitzner also serves on numerous non-profit and community boards.  

Cruse joined the Board Sedgwick County Commissioners in January 2019. She has more than a decade of private sector experience in the areas of communications to include, branding, marketing, and advertising. Cruse is also a singer / songwriter and an accomplished musician. During her time as a Commissioner, Cruse has been a fierce advocate for issues relating to behavioral and mental health, diversity and inclusion and building community partnerships. She currently has a role on several boards including the Mental Health and Substance Abuse Coalition, the Arts Council and The Kansas African-American Museum.

“I would like to thank my fellow commissioners for placing their faith and trust in me to hold this leadership position for another year. This community is ready to move forward and I will do my very best to ensure that all voices are included in the efforts to rebuild our community engaging the multi-stakeholders on all levels. In times like these, we all must rise above partisanship to serve the needs of our community and especially during this pandemic we must work together.”