Norton Bonaparte Could Be Leaving Topeka For Wichita

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Topeka, KS (WIBW)-- Topeka City Manager Norton Bonaparte, Junior was named one of five finalists for the Wichita City Manager's position in a news conference in Wichita Friday.

"The interviews are taking place next week and I'm not sure exactly the process the council will be using. I'm sure there will be more information on that coming up from Wichita. I'm looking forward to meeting with council and the citizens of Wichita and explore this as an opportunity," Bonaparte told 13 News Friday evening.

"If Norton goes to Wichita and ends up getting that job it would be a great thing for him," Topeka City Councilman Brett Blackburn said.

“I was asked to consider being a candidate. It is something I did not seek out,” Bonaparte said, “While I feel I still have a lot to offer the City of Topeka, from a professional perspective this is a career opportunity that I feel I should explore.”

A news release from the city of Topeka said the City of Wichita has 3,300 employees and about a $495 million budget, compared to 1,400 employees and $190 million budget for Topeka.

Bonaparte and the other finalists will be interviewed by the Wichita City Council next week. More than 20 people reportedly applied for the position. A committee then narrowed the field to 10 and then to six.

Bonaparte began as Topeka's city manager in March 2006. Prior to Topeka, he served as the city administrator of Plainfield, New Jersey, the city business administrator of the City of Camden, New Jersey, the township manager of Willingboro, New Jersey, and the city manager of Glenarden, Maryland.