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15 August 2020
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE –
The City of Kechi announces the retirement of City Administrator Robert Conger and welcomes his successor, Kamme Sroufe.
Robert Conger has faithfully served this small Kansas community since he began as Kechi City Administrator in 2012, following a 32-year career with the Sedgwick County Fire Department.
Conger explains, “During my time as a firehouse captain, I was able to complete my Master of Public Administration Degree at Wichita State. Shortly after I retired, I received a call from the City of Kechi asking if I would interview for the City Administrator’s position. Eight years later, and I am approaching another retirement. I could not have arrived at this point in my life without the love and support of my wife, Lee Ann, and two sons, Keegan, and Drew.”
Administrator Conger officially handed over his duties to current Kechi Financial Director, Sroufe on July 10, 2020, after she was unanimously appointed by the Kechi City Council on July 9.
“I have often lamented that, while firefighting was my first-loved career, I wish I had entered into city management sooner,” shares Conger, “My time at Kechi has been profoundly rewarding – both personally and professionally. Looking back, public service has always been an integral part of me, and I will miss that direct contact, attempting to solve problems and make our community better.”
Conger will remain an advisor to the city during a transition period of leadership. As his duties wane, Conger shares, “Besides some anticipated travel plans in the coming months and years, Lee Ann and I intend to focus on endeavors to help feed the hungry and underserved. Living a life without service is just not something I can imagine.”
New Administrator, Kamme Sroufe, is life-long native of Wichita. She and her husband, Jerrod, have four children, ranging from ages 12 to 3. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from the University of Kansas and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Wichita State University.
Sroufe has worked in the Sedgwick County Manager’s Office as a Budget Analyst, and in the finance organization at Spirit Aerosystems. She was currently serving as Kechi’s Financial Director, a role she began in February 2020. She will continue that role in tandem with the City Administrator duties.
Sroufe shares her vision and goals for the city, “Kechi has a healthy fiscal foundation on which to grow and an amazing team of dedicated public servants. Updating technology and software will be a game changer for city operations in the next year. Not only will it make us more efficient, it will promote transparency and empower citizens and decision-makers through data, creating a culture of engagement.”