|Last mayoral election:||2011|
|Next mayoral election:||March 3, 2015|
|Last city council election:||2013|
|Next city council election:||March 3, 2015|
|City council seats:||7|
|2015-16 FY Budget:||$577 million|
|Population in 2013:||386,552|
African American 11.5%
Hispanic or Latino 15.3%
Two or More Races 4.3%
|Median household income:||$46,218|
|High school graduation rate:||87.1%|
|College graduation rate:||28.3%|
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|Kansas Congressional Delegation|
Kansas State Legislature
Kansas state executive offices
- See also: Council-manager government
The city of Wichita utilizes a council-manager system. In this form of municipal government, an elected city council, which includes the mayor and serves as the city's primary legislative body, appoints a chief executive called a city manager to oversee day-to-day municipal operations and implement the council's policy and legislative initiatives.
The city manager is the city's chief executive. The responsibilities of the city manager include overseeing the city's day-to-day operations, planning and implementing the city's operating budget and appointing departmental directors and other senior-level positions.
The mayor presides over city council meetings and official city ceremonies. The mayor also represents the city on the state, national and international levels. Carl Brewer is the current Mayor of Wichita.
The Wichita City Council is the city's primary legislative body. It is responsible for adopting the city budget, approving mayoral appointees, levying taxes and making or amending city laws, policies and ordinances.
The Wichita City Council is made up of seven members. Six are elected by the city's six districts, while the mayor is elected at-large.
A current list of council members can be found here.
Boards and commissions
A series of advisory boards and commissions that are made up of non-elected citizens, whom city council members have appointed and approved, advises the Wichita City Council. The roles of these boards and commissions are to review, debate and comment upon city policies and legislation and to make recommendations to the city council.
For a full list of Wichita city boards and commissions, see here.
The city of Wichita, Kansas will hold elections for mayor and city council on April 7, 2015. A primary will take place on March 3, 2015. The filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election is January 27, 2015. Three of the six city council seats are up for election.
Wichita's adopted operating budget for fiscal year 2015-2016 was $577 million.
455 N Main, 1st Floor
Wichita, KS 67202
Phone: (316) 268-4331
To contact individual council members, see here.
- See also: Sedgwick County, Kansas ballot measures
Witchita is a charter city and follows the state mandated initiative process of ordinances.
As of October 2014, information on Wichita's federal lobbying related expenses is unavailable.
City website evaluation
See also: Evaluation of Kansas city websites
To compare Wichita with other Kansas cities, see Evaluation of Kansas city websites. Last rated on March 19, 2013.
|Transparency grading process|
- Elected Officials
- Contact and biographical information for elected officials is posted.
- Contact information for city staff is posted.
- Budgets are posted.
- Budget documents are archived for three years.
- Audits are posted.
- Audits for the past five years are available.
- Tax rates, including property taxes, sales taxes and other fees are posted in the budget.
- Current bids are posted.
- Awarded bids are posted and archived to 1995.
- Vendor information, including bids and results, are posted on a separate vendor services City of Wichita, "website," accessed on March 19, 2013.
- Permits and Zoning
- Public Records
- The city communications department, a division of the city manager's office, is responsible for intergovernmental lobbying.
- U.S. Census Bureau, "State and County Quick Facts," accessed on October 23, 2014
- City of Wichita, "Government," accessed on October 23, 2014
- City of Wichita, "City Manager," accessed on October 23, 2014
- City of Wichita, "Office of the Mayor," accessed on October 23, 2014
- City of Wichita, "City Council," accessed on October 23, 2014
- City of Wichita, "Boards," accessed on October 23, 2014
- Email correspondence with Sandra L. Gritz, Chief Deputy Election Commissioner of Sedgwick County, Kansas on September 12, 2014.
- City of Wichita, "2015-16 Adopted Operating Budget," accessed on October 23, 2014
- City of Wichita, "Elected Officials," accessed on March 19, 2013
- City of Wichita, "Meetings," accessed on March 19, 2013
- City of Wichita, "Agenda Packets," accessed on March 19, 2013
- City of Wichita, "Staff Directory," accessed on March 19, 2013
- City of Wichita, "Budget," accessed on March 19, 2013
- City of Wichita, "Financial Reports," accessed on March 19, 2013
- City of Wichita, "2012-13 Budget," accessed on March 19, 2013
- City of Wichita, "Bids," accessed on March 19, 2013
- City of Wichita, "Awarded Bids," accessed on March 19, 2013
- City of Wichita, "Zoning," accessed on March 19, 2013
- City of Wichita, "Zoning Plans," accessed on March 19, 2013
- City of Wichita, "Application Forms," accessed on March 19, 2013
- City of Wichita, "Public Records Requests," accessed on March 19, 2013
- City of Wichita, "Communications," accessed on March 19, 2013
- City of Wichita, "Lobbying," accessed on March 19, 2013
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