New Joint Law Enforcement Training Center (Saved $20M) - After decades of discussion, in 2016, when Howell was Chairman, he was instrumental in negotiating a new training facility with Wichita. At one point, the city & county had considered a $30M option. Sedgwick County worked hard to seal the deal for $10M ($5M each). The new LETC was constructed at WSU's Innovation Campus and was opened earlier this year.
1,000 New Jobs & Expanded Technical Education - Worked to support Spirit Aerosystems expansion to invest $1B in new infrastructure and increase employment. Continued to fund WSU/WATC and promoted WATC switch to WSU Tech.
Two New Local EMS Stations - During Howell's first term, two new Emergency Medical Stations were constructed and opened in District 5. Investments such as this allows Sedgwick County to continues to be one of the best EMS systems in the nation.
Passed Legislation - Election Audits & Property Tax Lid Legislation - Howell led for 3 years to push election audit legislation. This year, the law passed and now audits will be routinely accomplished. Howell also represented Sedgwick County while working with legislators to improve the Property Tax Lid law he helped pass while serving as a Kansas State Representative.
Reduced Debt - Paid off 21.7% ($30M) of the county's debt in 3 years.
Reduced Unfair Fees - On permits and on credit card & debit card transactions
Reduced Unnecessary Regulations - reduced many burdensome unnecessary regulations that hurt businesses. Expanded home occupation and agritourism opportunities
Increased Efficiency - Merged the functions of MAPD & MABCD
Increased Accessibility - Meetings on YouTube now
Increased Accessibility - Public voices welcomed in the BoCC meetings
I believe that good government must be desired, necessary, transparent, accountable, legal, fair, and constitutional. It should also include incentives to encourage employees and agencies to develop efficiency and effectiveness. All efforts should have benchmarks and measurable outcomes. Open and free communication without retribution must be available to all employees in the County. Professional respect should be mutual between all members of County government. As your Sedgwick County Commissioner, I will continue to stand for and vote for these very principles of government.
I look forward to working together, getting to know and understand your concerns and priorities for Sedgwick County. Working together with the other commissioners to provide needed services, coupled with these principles will continue to make our county the premium place to live!
USAF Veteran 1987 to 1991
Committee Membership Experience
The Board of Sedgwick County Commissioners is vested by Kansas state statute with both legislative and administrative powers and duties. These powers and duties include:
The board also serves as the hearing officer panel for tax appeals cases, sits as the board of canvassers for elections, and acts as the governing body for Fire District 1.
REAL JOB DEVELOPMENT – Sedgwick County needs to continue to build a thriving economy with reliable resources, well-managed water, affordable homes, and healthy infrastructure to attract job creators. Real Job development depends on skilled laborers ready and able to support these businesses. I am a strong voice for technical training because skilled workers with real world experience are critical to our local economy.
REDUCE BURDEN OF GOVERNMENT. The government does not have a revenue problem but has a spending problem. The county government must push harder to find more ways to live within its means, find efficiencies, and protect the taxpayer from a greater burden of government. We must follow the lead of private enterprise and challenge ourselves to do more with less.
RIGHT PRIORITIES: We need to focus on core functions and do a better job managing and maintaining infrastructure. When the economy begins to thrive, we need leaders to stay focused and not fall for the temptation to just expand the role of government. Jim Howell helped deliver a solution to ever-expanding government growth with real property tax relief by sponsoring and passing the property tax transparency act. When valuations increase, the mil levy will now automatically decrease to create the same level revenue. Without this automatic adjustment, deceptive politicians take more of your dollars and claim that they did not raise your taxes.
Jim Howell is the RIGHT guy for the job!
Principled Leadership - Using the U.S. Constitution, the Kansas Constitution, and the principles of responsibility, freedom, family values, and fiscal common sense, Jim Howell is principled, consistent, and fair. Using his efficiency education and practical experience in Six Sigma, Howell strives for efficiency and effectiveness in government as well. He sticks to core functions and promotes limited government. Howell has compassion for those that are disadvantaged and struggling in our community. He actively seeks practical policies that address the causes as well as solutions.
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525 North Main Street, Wichita, Kansas 67203, United States
Monday - Friday: Generally available in downtown office by appointment. Call 316-660-9300 for appointment. Drop-In visitors are also welcome as I have opportunity.
1st, 3rd, & 4th Friday each Month: I host "Cup-a-Jo w/Jim" at Derby Riverside Café from 7 to 9 AM. Coffee is on me. Lets chat!