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​​​City Manager Robert Layton​

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Robert Layton has been involved in local government management for over 35 years. He served as City Manager from 1984 to 2008 for Urbandale, Iowa. Before going to Urbandale, he was an assistant to the City Manager in Des Moines, Iowa from 1980 to 1984; prior to that he was a budget analyst and public management intern for Kansas City, MO.

Bob earned a graduate degree in public administration from Syracuse University, and he earned a bachelor's degree in public administration from Drake University.

He is a member of the International City/County Management Association, a former president of the Iowa City/County Management Association and a former executive board member of the Iowa League of Cities.

His other activities include Chair of the City Finance Committee for the State of Iowa; Board of Directors for Public Technology Inc.; Board of Directors of Iowa Municipalities Workers Compensation Association; Board of Directors for Iowa One Call; Practitioner in Residence at Iowa State University; The Salvation Army Advisory Board; Wichita Art Museum, Inc. Board of Trustees; Adjunct Professor at Wichita State University; and United Way of the Plains Board of Directors.

Bob became Wichita's City Manager on February 2, 2009. He reports to a seven-member City Council and oversees 3,000+ employees, a $573 million annual budget and a $1.9 billion Capital Improvement Program.​​

​View a list of Wichita's previous City Managers.​

​​​​Divisions of the City Manager's Office

Administrative Services

Administrative Services provides efficient high quality services that protect the health, safety, and welfare of all its citizens. The City Clerk's Office, Internal Audit and Management Fellows fall under this division.​

City Clerk’s Office

Arts & Cultural Services

This division centralizes several arts and cultural sections previously located in the Park Department. The division is centered around CityArts, which provides art instruction to Wichita residents, centrally located in Old Town. In addition, the cultural subsidies provided to several delegate agencies are incorporated in this division.

Arts & Cultural Services

Economic Development

The Office of Economic Development is responsible for consolidating staff formerly assigned to economic development, development assistance , property management and project management.​​

Economic Development

Strategic Communications

The Communications Team handles all public information, government relations and public education activities for the City of Wichita.

Strategic Communications

Office of Community Services

District Advisory Boards and Neighborhood City Halls were designed to improve citizen connections with​ government and offer opportunities to become involved in the civic process.

Office of Community Services ​​

Internal Auditor
The Internal Auditor is responsible for compl​eting an organization-wide risk assessment to determine the specific areas that needs to be audited. ​

Internal Auditor Charter​ ​

Risk Assessment​ ​​

​​Staff Directory

expand Departmental Division : Administration ‎(13)
expand Departmental Division : Arts & Cultural Services - City Arts ‎(1)
expand Departmental Division : City Clerk ‎(2)
expand Departmental Division : Communications ‎(7)
expand Departmental Division : Economic Development ‎(3)
expand Departmental Division : Office of Community Services ‎(9)
expand Departmental Division : Project Management ‎(3)
expand Departmental Division : Property Management ‎(2)