Butler County Times Gazette
  • El Dorado recognizes 100th year of ICMA

  • 100th anniversary of the International City/County Management Association (ICMA)
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  • The El Dorado City Commission took a few minutes during their meeting Monday evening to recognize the 100th anniversary of the International City/County Management Association (ICMA).
    Derby City Manager Kathy Sexton and Sedgwick County Manager Bill Buchanan were on hand for the recognition.
    The goal of the ICMA is to develop and foster professional management to build sustainable communities that improve people’s lives.
    The city of El Dorado was the first city in Kansas to adopt the commission-manager form of government and the ICMA plan, beginning in 1917. BEcause of that, Sexton said they were glad the city was celebrating with them.
    “We want to take the opportunity to celebrate the valuable role of the elected leaders to set policies and procedures and the managers to implement the policies you set and be there day to day,” Sexton said.
    “El Dorado has had a great tradition of very fine city managers who have been mentors to many of us and friends to a lot of us,” Buchanan added. “Herb (Llewellyn, El Dorado city manager), Kathy and I belong to this wonderful profession that helps you move democracy to people’s doorsteps ever day.”
    In recognition, the El Dorado City Commission issued a proclamation recognizing the century-long history of ICMA.
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