City Manager's Profile
The City of Derby has a $40 million annual budget, 241 employees, and a steady mill levy. It is a full-service city providing water, sewer, police, fire, and other municipal services in the metropolitan Wichita area of south-central Kansas. Derby has the 17th largest population in the state.
Key Decisions During her tenure, Sexton made key hires for police chief, city attorney and human resources director. The organizational structure adapted to meet the needs of the growing city, and employee benefits have evolved to adjust to market conditions and changing financial realities. Business hours for most city offices expanded to meet customer needs (Monday through Thursday 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Friday 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.) in a budget-neutral manner while also providing additional flexibility to many employees.
Significant capital projects accomplished during her tenure include:
- New Public Works Facility, Public Library and Fire Station 81
- Addition of several miles of bike path to the city's current 25-mile system
- Expansion of arterial streets Rock Road, Meadowlark Boulevard, Madison Avenue, and Buckner Street
- Extension of a major sewer interceptor to serve new residential developments
- Development of three new parks and event facilities
Of the nine members of the original governing body that hired Sexton in March 2006, one remains. The political climate is stable; the relationship with the at-large mayor and city council (four wards) is healthy. The mayor and city council provide annual performance feedback to Sexton. The city is guided by a clear mission, and the council reviews progress on priority goals quarterly.
Education & Service
Ms. Sexton earned the Master of Public Administration in 1992 and a Bachelor of Arts in English in 1989 from Wichita State University. She serves as an officer of the Kansas Association of City/County Management (KACM) and is a Credentialed Manager with the International City/County Management Association.
Kathy is active in service to the community through the Rotary Club of Derby, St. Mary Catholic Church, and the Derby Community Foundation.
In 2015, she completed a three-year term on the Governor's Council on Fitness, service on the Board of Directors and Governance Committee Chairmanship of the Wichita Business Coalition on Health Care, and a four-year term as a sustaining member of the Junior League of Wichita's Personnel Committee. In 2011, she completed a three-year term on the American Red Cross Central Plains Blood Services Division Board of Directors. In 2008, the WSU Hugo Wall School of Urban and Public Affairs recognized Ms. Sexton with the Alumni Award for Outstanding Public Service.
Ms. Sexton was assistant county manager of Sedgwick County Government from 2001 to 2006. As such, she led and managed an urban/rural county organization with a $345 million budget and 2,700 FTE positions. Her tenure at Sedgwick County was 1995-2006.
When Kathy worked in the governor's budget office in Topeka (1992-1995), she founded the Capital-Area Chapter of the Wichita State University Alumni Association to provide alumni living in Topeka and Lawrence with an opportunity to connect with each other and support the Shockers.
Kathy is a lifelong Kansan, raised on a farm in southeast Kansas near the City of Walnut and alumnus of Girard High School. She is married to Eric Sexton. They reside in Derby.
Education & ServiceKiel received his master’s degree in Public Administration from Wichita State with certificates in City/County Management and Public Finance. He also has a bachelor’s degree in Construction Science and Management from Kansas State University. Kiel is an active member of the Kansas Association of City/County Management (KACM) and the International City/County Management Association (ICMA).
HistoryKiel recently joined the City of Derby in November 2018. Prior to that he was the Assistant City Manager in Manhattan from 2014-2018. He also spent time as the Public Works Director in Frederick, Colorado and Assistant to the City Administrator in Goddard, Kansas.
PersonalKiel grew up in the Mulvane area and is an alumnus of Mulvane High School. He is married to Danielle, a registered nurse and they have a daughter. They reside in Derby.
Updated December 2018.