From the City Manager's Desk

January 8, 2018

Topeka Police Chief Search 

Topekan's had the opportunity to meet the three finalists for the Topeka Police Chief position on Thursday, January 4th. More than seventy people came to the meet and greet to talk with the candidates and provide feedback. 
Three finalists for the Topeka Police Chief position are Dominic Rizzi Jr., William Cochran, and D. Samuel Dotson.
The announcement of the next Topeka Police Chief will be made on January 12th. 
More information about each of the three candidates can be found here:

Stream City Council Meetings on Facebook! 

City Council meetings will now be shown live on Facebook. A Facebook live stream will launch before every meeting and stream the meeting in it's entirety. The meeting can also be streamed on the City4 page on the city's website and can be seen on YouTube. 

 Recent Updates 

  • The Budget and Performance Division has completed the 2017 Open Government Report at This report highlights accomplishments and key measures for our open government initiatives in 2017.
  • The 2017/2018 Preventative Maintenance crack sealing program will continue through the winter months as temperatures permit which is currently on-hold with the extreme low temperatures.
  • The Street Department spread 452 tons of salt on the streets to protect the traveling public during the recent cold-weather event.

Water Main Breaks 

The Utilities Department is currently sitting at 40 breaks since December 28th. To put this into perspective over the past 10 years we have averaged 528 breaks per year which equates to a monthly average of 44 breaks. Our crews are doing a great job literally working around the clock to repair breaks and restore water service.
Past 7 days = 40 breaks
Average month = 44 breaks.
Water main breaks have been on the rise due to the snap of cold weather. Water mains often break in extreme cold or heat and when temperatures change suddenly. 
If you see a water main break in your neighborhood or have questions about a water main break in your area, call Ryan Woolaway at 785-409-8636. 

Coming up

  • January 8th- Zoo Spring Break and Summer Camp registration Opens. 
  • January 11th- Conservation Connection at the Zoo. The event will start at 6:30 p.m. This month's topic is Black Footed Ferrets. 
  • January 31st - Neighborhood Improvement Association Neighborhood Leaders Meeting.


Brent Trout 

This weekly report is presented to you from the office of City Manager Brent Trout.
This report was produced through our open data portal. We have several other open data portals to help connect you with the work we do, including portals that let you: