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City of Topeka to conduct annual count of homeless population

The City of Topeka is preparing to host the annual Point in Time Homeless Count. The count will take place on Wednesday, January 25, 2023 from 6:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Approximately 25 employees and volunteers will work that day to count those who are experiencing homelessness in Topeka. To receive funding for programs, the …

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Bill Fiander to retire from the City of Topeka, announces new community role

Bill Fiander, the City of Topeka’s Director of Planning and Development, announced Friday that he’s retiring from the City of Topeka and pursuing a new opportunity in the community. Fiander will join the staff at Washburn University as a faculty lecturer in the Political Science Department developing the public administration program and next generation of …

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City of Topeka hires Chief Financial Officer

The City of Topeka announced Thursday that it hired Freddy Mawyin to serve as its next Chief Financial Officer (CFO). Mawyin currently serves as the Senior Economic Advisor at the Greater Topeka Partnership (GTP). Prior to his role at GTP, Mawyin served in the United States Army as an Intelligence Officer. He holds a Master …

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Topeka Landmarks Commission and partners to survey city’s historical African American places

The Topeka Landmarks Commission in partnership with the City of Topeka’s Planning Division will begin a process in January to survey the city’s historical African American places. This project will focus on documenting buildings, districts, sites and structures that are significant to the development and history of African American life and culture within the City …

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City of Topeka names first Chief DEI Officer, develops DEI office

City Manager Stephen Wade announced Monday that Ernestor De La Rosa was selected to serve as the City of Topeka’s very first Chief Diversity Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Officer. De La Rosa will start in January 2023 and will lead the city’s newly created DEI office. “I’m thrilled that Ernestor will be our first Chief …

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Face mask requirement returning to Topeka Municipal Court

Beginning Monday, December 5, Topeka’s Municipal Court will be implementing a face mask requirement for all employees and visitors of the court. The policy is being implemented to ensure the court can remain open, and serve its function of carrying out the administration of justice. Influenza, RSV, and other viruses are currently being monitored by …

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