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Topeka Capital Journal Publisher taking job with City

Published: Aug. 5, 2020 at 4:16 PM CDT
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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - The Topeka Capital Journal’s publisher is taking a job with the City of Topeka.

Steve Wade joins the city next week as budget and performance manager. He replaces a person who left at the end of February, and held the title of Deputy Director of Administrative and Financial Services. The city altered the name of an existing position.

The City has furloughed and cut workers in recent months and continues a hiring freeze, but they told 13 NEWS this position was important to fill. Wade agreed.

“This is a position that has historically been in place with Topeka. It’s not a new position and when you think about $300 million in taxpayer money, it’s important to have somebody take a look at it,” Wade said. “My goal is to do what I can do and to support the city manager and city council.”

Wade, a Topeka native, will earn a salary of $86,828. The city says it has hired 33 new employees since March 1, 2020. Seven of those are firefighters. Other positions include two zookeepers, two police records clerks, and several street maintenance trainees.

New ownership took over the Topeka Capital Journal last fall, and eliminated the local publishers positions. Wade says the paper remains in good hands, with Tomari Quinn as Topeka editor and Kansas state editor, and Terri Benson as local sales manager.

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