GETTING TO KNOW YOUR
Kingman County elects three County Commissioners. Each has a "staggered"
term, so there is always overlap from one Commissioner's term to another. That ensures continuity of service.
Learning all of the responsibilities of being a Commissioner takes time, so regardless of the 'seniority' any one Commissioner
may have, the county's best interests are always front and center.
Kingman County contains three Districts and each District elects one Commissioner. You might think that all
districts are pretty much alike, but in Kingman county "diversity" is a fact of life! The areas towards Cunningham,
Norwich, and Cheney all present very different needs, ranging from economic growth to zoning needs to road maintenance.
Districts are to be divided so as to be as compact and equal in population as possible. Ultimate authority in a county
is vested in the governing body when it is in a meeting and in open session. The County Commissioners are vested with
broad power in conducting the business of the county at a meeting.
County Commissioners have a variety of statutory
duties, all of which are spelled out in the Kansas Statutes Annotated (referred to as "K.S.A.s"). In particular,
the powers of the Commissioners are provided in K.S.A. 19-212.
Commissioners have many things on their plates when
they meet each week. Kingman's current county commissioners are: Fred Foley, District 1; Carol
Voran, District 2; and John Steffen, District 3. As a taxpayer, you are always invited to attend their weekly open meetings.
Come, listen, learn!