Tom Stolz is officially Sedgwick County’s new county manager.
He had been serving in an interim role until commissioners voted to approve his contract Wednesday.
He spoke with KSN about his vision for the county, including his focus on public safety.
“We have a lot of behavioral health concerns, our district attorney gives information about child in need of care cases,” said Stolz.
He says there are several public safety matters that need to be addressed.
“Our top legislative agenda this year is behavioral health, mental health,” said Stolz. “Because we’re seeing an increased need in this area for those types of services.”
That’s why this is not only one of his priorities in the upcoming county budget, but also on the state level.
“One of the things we’d like from the state of Kansas, is we’d like a regional hospital, a state regional health hospital here in Sedgwick County,” said Stolz.
That way people wouldn’t have to leave town for those services.
“Which would then mesh with our jail and our other behavioral services here with COMCARE and we could create a better model,” he said.