LENEXA – The Kansas Association of City/County Management held its annual conference Nov. 15-17 at Lenexa. Several civic officials were recognized, including retired Great Bend City Administrator Howard Partington who received a Career Achievement Award.
This year marks the 100th anniversary of professional city-county management in Kansas. Nearly 130 city-county management professionals and public administration graduate students attended the conference.
At the conference, managers from across the state participated in professional development sessions as well as numerous opportunities to learn from other city and county managers on the topics of municipal finance, innovation in the public sector, public works, budgeting, public safety, planning and development.
“I believe our state, city, and county managers had a good conference, highlighted by our great keynote speaker on Thursday, Felicia Logan, director of Leadership Development with ICMA,” said Doug Bach, county administrator for Wyandotte County/Kansas City. “Additionally, I have to add the City of Lenexa was an excellent host, providing the perfect environment to honor our 2018 award winners including Lenexa’s own city manager, Eric Wade who received the Buford Watson Jr. Award for Excellence in Public Management.”
Also recognized were:
• Career Achievement Awards – Cathy Holdeman, assistant city manager, City of Wichita (retired); and Jaclyn Reimer, city administrator, City of Sedgwick (retired).
• Innovation Award – Douglas Gerber, deputy city manager, City of Topeka