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New Mayor Chapman Hoping To Give Sense Of Direction

Posted 1/18/2018

By Pilar MartinSEDGWICK’S new mayor, Bryan Chapman, presided over his first meeting Monday night.SEDGWICK’S new mayor, Bryan Chapman, presided over his first meeting Monday night.

SEDGWICK—Sedgwick swore in a new mayor Monday night. Bryan Chapman was elected last November in an un-contested race. Chapman decided to run to bring some calm to Sedgwick.

“When I heard all the negativity, it’s like a personal attack on all the good things that have been accomplished through the years and the quality of life here,” Chapman said.

Bryan and his wife Linda have raised three sons in Sedgwick—Chad, Shane and Shawn—and have 10 grandchildren.

The Chapmans owned and operated the Country Café for about 10 years, before starting a construction company. Bryan retired from Southwestern Bell in 2002 after 33 years of service.

Chapman is no stranger to serving the community. He has called Sedgwick home for the past 42 years and has served on USD 439 School Board and the Planning Commission. Chapman has been active in youth sports including basketball, baseball, soccer and scouting. He has served on local boards for Jaycees, Booster Club, and the Christian Church. He currently serves on boards for the Harvey County Builders Association, Harvey County Economic Development and the Quantum Credit Union.

Chapman has served on the city council twice in the past. His first term was in the 1980s, with his latest term from 2006-2012.

“I believe the city needs a sense of direction,” Chapman said. “Everyone is working hard to accomplish what they believe should be done. However, it seems like everyone is going in a different direction. We need someone to bring everyone together and going in the same direction.”

Chapman’s mayoral term is for four years.