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Board of Sedgwick County Commissioners

2nd district - Tim Norton

Biography

Tim Norton was elected to his first term in office in January 2001 and is currently serving his fourth term.  He served as chairman of the board in 2003 and 2012.

Commissioner Norton has a degree in journalism from Arkansas State University, and a master's degree in adult education from Newman University.  He is a Kansas Public Health Scholar and a National Public Health Leadership Institute fellow at the University of North Carolina.

Some of Commissioner Norton’s priorities include: fostering public health initiatives through advocacy; promoting economic development in Sedgwick County; and building partnerships with key stakeholders in the community on issues, such as transportation planning, storm water and drainage mitigation, jail initiatives, and sustaining essential county services while being fiscally responsible. He is also active on issues pertaining to child abuse and neglect, and serves on the Child Advocacy Center's Leadership Team. 

He worked on the Task Force to End Chronic Homelessness and was instrumental in the planning and construction of the INTRUST Bank Arena and the National Center for Aviation Training.  Commissioner Norton serves as chairman of the Wichita Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (WAMPO) and is actively involved in the Wichita Downtown Development Corporation (WDDC).  He also has been actively involved in Visioneering Wichita for more than seven years.

Prior to his election to the commission, Commissioner Norton served as mayor of Haysville for three and a half years and as a Haysville City Council member for nine years.  He was store team leader of Wichita’s Target Store east for 19 years, but retired in 1999 to dedicate his efforts to the cleanup and recovery of Haysville after a major tornado.

Commissioner Norton is active in the community serving on various boards, including United Way, Salvation Army and Exploration Place. He previously served on the boards of the Boys and Girls Club of South Central Kansas, Goodwill Industries, Diversity Kansas, the Metro YMCA, the Wichita Area Chamber of Commerce, Communities in Schools, and the Child Abuse Prevention Council.  Commissioner Norton is a member of the Eastside Rotary Club and Wichita Wagonmasters, and is a former president of the Haysville Optimist Club.  He also served as chairman of Project 261, Haysville's school beautification program. He is a member of the Haysville and Clearwater chambers and serves on the board of Haysville Forward.

He is a member of the Haysville United Methodist Church, and he and his wife Dr. Susan Norton have five children and seven grandchildren.

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