Manhattan saw its share of comings, goings in 2012

By Maura Wery

Manhattan had plenty of comings and goings during 2012. Here is a list of the most notable additions and subtractions from the Manhattan area over the past 12 months.

Frank Martin and Bruce Weber: Martin concluded a successful five-season run (117-54) as K-State’s basketball coach by relinquishing his post in March to accept a job as head coach at South Carolina. The decision reportedly followed unspecified disagreements with K-State Athletic Director John Currie. A month after Martin’s departure, Currie hired former University of Illinois coach Bruce Weber. He received a five-year contract for $1.5 million. 

Bill Frost, Katie Jackson and Bill Raymond: Bill Frost retired as Manhattan’s city attorney in May after 34 years at his post. He was succeeded by assistant city attorney Katie Jackson. Jackson, who had been with the city since 2003, took over in June. But six months into that tenure, Jackson resigned to accept a teaching position at Kansas State that allowed her to spend more time with her family. She was replaced by Bill Raymond, a former staff member in Sedgwick County. Raymond started his position on Dec. 17.

Ty Warner and Gary Stith: Warner, the first head of the Flint Hills Regional Council, announced his resignation in November, effective the first of the year, to take a job as a director of a regional planning organization in northwestern Indiana. He is being replaced on an interim basis by planning board member and former city planner Gary Stith, who will serve while the search for a permanent director continues.

John Bosch and Paul Miller: After three decades of being a district judge and 15 years as chief judge, Judge Paul Miller retired in the spring. John Bosch, an attorney from Clay Center, was selected to replace Miller.

Sen. Jerry Moran: Moran moved his family from Hays to Manhattan this year. He said the move would make his commute from Washington D.C. to home a little bit easier, and also enable him to be closer to a daughter who is attending K-State.

Susan Mosier: Elected to the 67th District House seat in 2010, Mosier resigned in January to accept appointment as director of Medicaid services. She was replaced by former city commissioner Tom Phillips.

Doug Messer: Messer gave up his seat as President of the Manhattan school board in March in order to apply for a position as the district’s director of transportation services, a job he did get. Messer was replaced by Beth Tatarko, a former member of the Manhattan school board, who declared she would not seek re-election for the seat.

Terry McCarty: Manhattan High School’s principal resigned in December, effective at the end of the school year, after more than a decade in that position. There have been no announcements as to who will replace him.

Bob Workman: The first director of the Flint Hills Discovery Center announced in November that he will take a job as director of Wichita State’s Ulrich Art Museum. Workman said he will stay until mid-January to help search for a replacement.

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