|City Hires Housing Director
City Manager Robert Layton on Thursday announced John E. Hall as the new director of Housing and Community Services, a department that provides housing and related social services to residents who are eligible for assistance under federal guidelines.
Winter Weather Response
City of Wichita crews began treating the streets Saturday in anticipation of the snow and ice accumulation. Since that time, crews have completed their third pass through the priority routes. They have been working 12-hour shifts around the clock, and ...
WPD Limited Access Files Review
The City Law Department today presented findings and recommendations from a review of the Wichita Police Department’s policy and practice involving limited access files. This fall, City Manager Robert Layton asked for the review to determine if there h...
WPD Limited Access Files Report
TO: Robert Layton, City Manager
FROM: Jennifer Magana, City Attorney and Director of Law
SUBJECT: Review of Confidential Files
DATE: December 23, 2015
You have requested that I review the WPD’s files commonly referred to, interna...
Gordon Ramsay Named Police Chief
City Manager Robert Layton on Friday announced Gordon Ramsay as Wichita’s next Chief of Police. Ramsay is currently the chief in Duluth, Minnesota.
During a morning news conference at City Hall, Layton cited Ramsay’s almost 10 years of experien...
City’s Sustainability Efforts Honored
Wichita Receives 3-STAR rating from STAR Communities
Wichita has received national recognition for leading a collaborative effort to build a more livable and sustainable community, City officials announced today ...
Chief Mosley Statement on Police Involved Shooting
Wichita Police Department Chief Nelson Mosley on Saturday provided an update on the officer involved shooting that occurred Friday evening in the parking lot of West High School, 820 S. Osage. Following are Mosley’s comments: I am going to provide an u...
Two Finalists Named for WPD Chief
Public Forum is scheduled for Dec. 14
City Manager Robert Layton on Friday announced two finalists to fill the Wichita Police Department (WPD) Chief of Police position, which has been open since September 2014. The two finalist...
City, Spirit Announce Water Conservation Plan
The City of Wichita and Spirit AeroSystems today announced a joint water conservation plan that would save hundreds of millions of gallons of potable water annually and bolster Wichita’s available water capacity for future growth. The proposed plan provid...
City to Host “A Night with Santa” Thursday
Wichita Mayor Jeff Longwell and City Council members will host the annual “A Night with Santa” event from 6 to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday at the Century II Performing Arts & Convention Center, 225 W. Douglas. The event is free and open to the public. Don...
City’s Thanksgiving Storm Response
Wichita Public Works & Utilities crews are winding down their response to winter weather over the Thanksgiving holiday. In order to mitigate potentially hazardous driving conditions, crews began applying salt-sand mix to bridges and highly traffi...
City Council Meetings Relocated
The Wichita City Council will hold its regularly scheduled meeting at 9 a.m. on Tuesday in the 10th floor conference room at City Hall, 455 N. Main.
The Council’s regular meetings and Workshops are scheduled to be held in the 10th floor confere...
City Crews Ready to Respond to Winter Storm
Wichita Public Works & Utilities crews are ready to respond to potential freezing rain which is projected to begin as early as Thursday evening and could continue through Monday morning. The National Weather Service issued a Winter Weather Advisory y...
City to Offer Amnesty for Suspended Licenses
From Dec. 4 through Dec. 30, City of Wichita Municipal Court will offer amnesty to drivers who have had their licenses suspended for failure to pay a traffic ticket. Drivers can obtain a restricted license while they participate in the amnesty program,...
Groundbreaking for Buffalo Park Improvements
City of Wichita officials have scheduled a groundbreaking for 10 a.m. today to celebrate improvements to Buffalo Park, 10201 Hardtner.
Councilman Bryan Frye and other community leaders are scheduled to attend the event; the park rests in Frye’s...
Lavonta Williams Named to NLC Board
Councilwoman Lavonta Williams has been named to the National League of Cities (NLC) 2016 Board of Directors.
NLC Board of Directors are selected by a nominating committee. Williams was appointed last week at the annual Congress of Cities and Ex...
City of Wichita Closures for Veterans Day
In observance of Veterans Day, City of Wichita facilities will be closed Wednesday, Nov. 11.
The closed facilities include City Hall, Neighborhood Resource Centers, Wichita Public Library locations, Park & Recreation centers, Great Plains N...
Letters to Santa Drop-Off Locations Open Nov. 13
The City of Wichita, Starkey, Inc. and Cambridge Market are once again teaming up to spread holiday cheer through the Letters to Santa project, with new incentives for classrooms to participate. Starting Nov. 12 through Dec. 11, children in Wichita and...
Wichita Wins National Honor
The City of Wichita has been recognized nationally for leading efforts related to technology, community engagement and transparency. On Thursday at the National League of Cities Conference in Nashville, the Center for Digital Government awarded Wichita...
Southwest Announces Route Changes
Effective April 12, 2016, Southwest Airlines will offer daily nonstop service to St. Louis and Phoenix from Wichita Eisenhower National Airport. The St. Louis service will be offered twice daily; the Phoenix service once a day. Also, effective April 11, ...
Edgemoor Park Offers Pickleball Courts
Wichita Park & Recreation has completed a renovation project at Edgemoor Park Tennis Courts, converting two of eight tennis courts into pickleball courts.
Pickleball is a paddle sport that combines elements of tennis, badminton...
Zumba Fitness at the Ballpark
Wichita Park & Recreation is hosting a communitywide ZUMBA Ballpark Party Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at Lawrence Dumont Stadium, 300S. Sycamore St. This free event is for all ages and encourages a fun atmosphere for health and wellness....
City Saves $2.4 Million by Refinancing Bonds
City of Wichita Department of Finance officials announced today that the City will save $2.4 million due to a bond refinancing that was approved by the City Council today. The City refinanced Water & Sewer Utility bonds issued in 2008.
Halloween at Cowtown this Sunday
Cowtown invites families to “A Night of Hay, Hooves and Halloween,” a spooktacular evening of trick-or-treating and ghoulish fun from 4-8 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 25. Costumes are welcome at this family-friendl...
Final Friday at CityArts
CityArts is hosting the opening of three new exhibits from 5-8 p.m. on Final Friday, Oct. 30 that celebrate the work of artists in the Wichita area. In additi...
City-County Planning Director Hired
City of Wichita and Sedgwick County officials on Friday announced Dale Miller has been appointed head of the Metropolitan Area Planning Department (MAPD), which serves the City and County regarding land use, community facilities, and infrastructure nee...
Wichita Transit Proposed Route and Fare Changes
Wichita Transit will conclude a month of public input on proposed route and fare changes with a public hearing this evening. The public hearing is scheduled from 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. today in City Council Chambers at City Hall, 455 N. Main.
Wichita Prepared for New Ozone Standards
City of Wichita officials on Friday said they are prepared for the stricter ozone levels set by the federal government this week. The National Ambient Air Quality Standard for ground-level ozone was reduced from 75 parts per billion (ppb) to 70 ppb. Se...
Fire Prevention Week: “Hear the Beep where you Sleep!”
Working smoke alarms are proven to make a life-saving difference in a fire. That’s the message behind this year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign: "Hear the Beep where you Sleep!"
The Wichita Fire Department (WFD) is joining forces wi...
City Golf Courses Launch New Mobile App
Wichita Public Golf Courses on Thursday introduced Wichita’s first mobile golf application – Golf Wichita. The golf app provides information about golf specials, tournaments, course conditions and more.
“After reviewing all the informatio...
City and County Team Up for Chili Cook-off
The City of Wichita will partner with Sedgwick County to co-host a booth at the annual Wagonmasters Downtown Chili-Cook-off on Saturday. The “City-County Chili Cooperative” will serve thousands of hungry attendees from 12 p.m. until 4 p.m. near the inters...
1st and 2nd Street Bike Lanes Ribbon Cutting
City of Wichita officials will hold a ribbon-cutting event for the 1st and 2nd Street Bike Lanes at 6 p.m. on Thursday at the Old Town Plaza. Specifically, the event will be at the northwest corner of 1st Street and Mead Street.
City Reopens Search for WPD Chief
City Manager Robert Layton today announced he is reopening the search for the Wichita Police Department (WPD) Chief of Police.
Layton, who made the announcement during the daily Public Safety Briefing at City Hall, said he decided...
Online Surplus Auction
The City of Wichita is holding an internet-only auction of surplus vehicles and equipment. The online auction closes at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, September 29, 2015. Items include cars, trucks, trailers, forkl...
Transit Seeking Public Input
Wichita Transit officials have scheduled public meetings and other opportunities to collect input on a series of proposed changes to routes and fares as part of an ongoing effort to improve service.
“The changes are intended to hel...
City Seeks Public Input on Pool Usage
The Wichita Park & Recreation Department is asking residents to participate in a brief survey regarding their personal use of public pools over the summer. The community feedback will be used to help finalize the Aquatics Master Plan.
Wichita’s Play Day! Returns Saturday
Wichita Play Day! is returning from 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday at O.J. Watson Park, 3022 S. McLean Boulevard. The popular event celebrates the importance of family fun and outdoors activities.
The free event includes many fun activitie...
Meet Police Chief Candidates Today
A public forum to meet Chief of Police finalists is scheduled from 6:30-8:30 p.m. today at Century II Convention Hall. Attendees will get an hour to hear from each candidate and ask questions, with City Manager Robert Layton serving as moderator.
Eisenhower Sets Passenger Record
Wichita Eisenhower National Airport officials on Tuesday announced a new record for the most passengers in a month - 158,381 – during the month of July. The number accounts for passengers flying in and out of the airport. The previous record occurred i...
Submit Questions for the Next Police Chief
The City of Wichita is asking residents to provide further input on the hiring of the next Wichita Police Department Chief by submitting questions to the City’s website and Activate Wichita. The web addresses are www.wichita.gov and www.activate-wichit...
Chief Mosley Statement on Officer Involved Shooting
Wichita Police Department Chief Nelson Mosley on Monday issued
the following statement regarding an officer-involved shooting that occurred on
Saturday night along West Kellogg:
“Good morning. I am Chief Nelson Mosley. Thank you for being h...
Three Finalists Named for WPD Chief
City Manager Robert Layton on Thursday announced three finalists to fill the Wichita Police Department (WPD) Chief of Police position, which has been open since September 2014.
The finalists were named after an extensive community e...
City Releases Budget Infographic
City of Wichita of officials today released a City of Wichita infographic that captures highlights of the 2016-17 Adopted Budget, which was approved a day earlier by the Wichita City Council.
The Infographic uses colorful, easy-to-read graphics...
Pirates in The Park
Wichita Park & Recreation is hosting an end-of -the-summer event - Pirates in the Park – which is scheduled from 6:30 - 9:30 p.m. on Thursday at Naftzger Park, 601 E. Douglas .
Enjoy performances on the pirate stage throughout...
Community Advisory Search Committee for WPD Chief Announced
The City of Wichita announced the members of the Community Advisory Search Committee for the next Wichita Police Chief. The committee, recommended by the Wichita Police Department’s organizational assessment, is designed to ensure an open and transparent...
Celebrate Safe Communities Event
The Wichita Police Department will participate in Celebrate Safe Communities from 5:30 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, September 15. The annual event encourages residents to host parties on their block to get to know one another and keep their area safe. Wichit...
Indian Center’s end-of-summer party full of twists
The Mid-America All-Indian Center is throwing an
end-of-summer party that is just as unconventional as its name: “Museum Flip
Flop: Stories in the Sun, Tours in the Dark.” The party will take place from
1-3 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 22 at the India...
Online Surplus Auction
The City of Wichita is holding an internet-only auction of surplus airport miscellaneous items. The online auction closes at 11 a.m. on Monday, August 17, 2015. Items include Herman Miller seating, terminal signage, electronic security equipment, janit...
1st and 2nd Street Bike Lanes Update
Construction to install the 1st Street and 2nd Street bike lanes is scheduled to start the week of August 3, City of Wichita officials announced on Thursday during Mayor Jeff Longwell’s news briefing at City Hall, 455 N. Main.
Online Surplus Auction
The City of Wichita is holding an internet-only auction of surplus miscellaneous items. The online auction closes at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, August 4, 2015. Items include commercial kitchen equipment, catering items, grocery store fixtures, etc.
Barry’s Recreation Station Adds One More Event
Wichita Park & Recreation is adding another date to the schedule of Barry’s Recreation Station, a new mobile van carrying recreation equipment this summer to public parks and providing outdoor games and activities for families and friends.
City Responds to Localized Flooding
City of Wichita officials on Wednesday provided an update on the flash flooding that occurred Tuesday afternoon in parts of the city.
All streets are now open, said Don Henry, a spokesman for Public Works & Utilities. Up to four inches of...
Flash Flooding Impacting Wichita Streets
The City of Wichita is advising drivers to avoid several areas of town due to flash flooding. A Flash Flood Warning for Sedgwick County is in effect until 9:30 p.m.
Maple Street from West Street to I-235 has been closed. Drivers are encourage...
Neighbors Enjoy New Neighborhood Playground
What was a grassy and empty lot at Central and Grove is now a neighborhood playground providing a swing set and more fun for youth in the surrounding area.
This morning neighbors who worked to transform the empty land into a playgro...
Assistant City Manager, Development Director Hired
Wichita City Manager Robert Layton today announced the hiring of Scot Rigby as Assistant City Manager and Director of Development.
Rigby, who starts work today, has more than 15 years of public sector management experience, most recently wit...
New Park & Rec Event Features Anime and Cosplay
Wichita Park & Recreation is hosting a new event featuring anime and cosplay. Anime is a style of Japanese film and television animation, typically aimed at adults as well as children; cosplay is the practice of dressing up as a character from a mo...
Proposed Budget Released Today
Wichita City Manager Robert Layton released the 2016-17 Proposed Budget during today’s regularly scheduled City Council meeting. Residents are encouraged to visit www.wichita.gov to review the proposed budget.
In keeping with City Council pol...
Animal Control Board Meeting
The first meeting of the new Animal Control Advisory Board is scheduled for 3 - 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, July 7 at the Wichita Animal Shelter, 3303 N. Hillside (near K-96 and Hillside).
City of Wichita Closures for Independence Day
In observance of Independence Day, City of Wichita facilities will be closed Friday, July 3 and Saturday, July 4. The closed facilities include City Hall, Neighborhood Resource Centers, Wichita Public Library locations, Park & Recreation Centers, G...
Fireworks on Sale Saturday, Stay Safe
With Fourth of July activities approaching, City of Wichita Police and Fire officials on Friday encouraged residents to be cautious with fireworks. Local fireworks tents open for business on Saturday and will stay open until July 5.
Online Surplus Auction
The City of Wichita is holding an internet-only auction of surplus vehicles and equipment. The online auction closes at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, June 30, 2015. Items include skid steers, backhoes, buses, cars, trucks, trailers, etc.
Free Fares Week Draws More Riders
For the second year in a row, Wichita Transit saw a substantial increase in riders during Free Fares Week, June 15-20, a promotion designed to raise awareness about Transit services, increase ridership, and help the environment.
Fourth of July Safety Tips
Wichita Fire Department (WFD) officials are reminding residents to take precautions when shooting fireworks. With the 4th of July holiday approaching, Vice Mayor James Clendenin on Thursday reminded residents about the added danger of hot and windy weath...
City Announces the 2015 Wichita Big Read Book
City of Wichita and Wichita Public Library officials on Thursday announced that Into the Beautiful North by Luis Alberto Urrea is the 2015 Wichita Big Read book selection. In its 8th consecutive year hosting the Big Read, Wichita is receiving the maximum ...
Kellogg & Webb Update
Wichita officials said today that the Kellogg & Webb interchange
improvement project has been successfully bid for construction.
Construction, teamed with Dondlinger Construction, both of Wichita, was the low
June Final Friday at CityArts
CityArts is hosting the
opening of four new exhibits from 5-8 p.m. on Final Friday, June 26 that
celebrate the work of artists in the Wichita area. Admission is free to CityArts’ galleries that are open 9 a.m.-9 p.m., Monday-Friday, and 9 a.m.-4 p.m....
Social Media Town Hall Budget Meeting
City of Wichita officials will host a second social media town hall budget meeting from 2 to 3:30 p.m. today in Training Room I on the 9th floor of City Hall, 455 N. Main.
Wichita City Council Members are expected to attend.
During the ...
'A Day in the Life' at Cowtown
Cowtown’s “A Day in the Life” event on Saturday, June
20 will do more than explain Wichita’s Old West history to visitors. It will
allow them to live and breathe it. From 10 a.m.-5 p.m., more than 75 costumed
interpreters will bring Cowtown to life ...