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A Word in Edgewise

By Commissioner Tim Norton

January 11, 2016

The courthouse lost a familiar face and Sedgwick County lost a wonderful public servant and an all-around good guy this past weekend.  And I lost a good friend and colleague with the passing of Bill Meek, Register of Deeds.

Bill worked hard to establish the Register of Deeds office as a professional, well run, taxpayer friendly place to do business.  He prided himself on finding good people to carry out the daily duties of serving the public and being the repository of a host of critical documents important to businesses, individuals and government entities. 

Bill also was active at the State level in his association.  His years of service gave him a unique perspective on legislative issues that affected the functioning of the Register of Deeds office.  He advocated effectively for change when appropriate.  His voice will be greatly missed.

He had a great sense of humor and self-deprecating style that made him approachable and easy to like.  Over the years we had been in many, many parades together.  Not a parade went by that Bill wouldn't line up behind me and yell out "I hope you stocked up on candy again this year, it sure saves me a lot of money!"  It was a simple little joke between us, but isn't that the context of most good relationships....those little shared dependable interactions. 

I will miss seeing Bill around the courthouse complex.  More importantly the County will miss a really good public servant.

Video Files

"A Word in Edgewise" Video
Commissioner Norton and County Manger Mike Scholes
November 13th, 2015 - 18 minutes

"A Word in Edgewise" Video
5th District Commissioner Jim Howell
January 23, 2015 - 20 minutes

"A Word in Edgewise" Video
GraceMed - With David Sandford
September 26, 2014 - 18 minutes

"A Word in Edgewise" Video
Project Access - With Anne Nelson and Jon Rosell
September 15, 2014 - 16 minutes

"A Word in Edgewise" Video
Sedgwick County Zoo Elephant Exhibit - With Scott Ochs and Mark Reed
September 10, 2014 - 17 minutes

"A Word in Edgewise" Video
Wichita State University - With John Bardo
March 11, 2014 - 15 minutes

"A Word in Edgewise" Video
Child Advocacy Center - With Diana Schunn and Marc Bennett
March 11, 2014 - 18 minutes

"A Word in Edgewise" Video
City-to-City - With Suzy Finn and Taylor Gill
October 25, 2013 - 14 minutes

"A Word in Edgewise" Video
City-to-City - With Janet Miller and Jon Rosell
October 18, 2013 - 20 minutes

"A Word in Edgewise" Video
FIT Wichita - With Mim McKenzie and Claudia Blackburn
October 9, 2013 - 15 minutes

"A Word in Edgewise" Video
Visioneering - With Sam Williams and Ron Holt
October 1, 2013 - 15 minutes

"A Word in Edgewise" Video
with Jan Luth about Star Wars at Exploration Place
May 23, 2012

"A Word in Edgewise" Video
With 5th District Commissioner Jim Skelton
January 26, 2012

"A Word in Edgewise" Video
With Commissioners Richard Ranzau and Tim Norton
January 19, 2011 - 17 minutes


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