The County Administrator position was established in 1986 by County resolution to "provide administrative assistance to the board of county commissioners in the performance of its duties and responsibilities." The County Administrator oversees the annual budget preparation process and is responsible for monitoring budgeted expenditures for all departments and keeping the Commission informed of compliance and projections. Other duties can be found in County Code.
The County Administrator's office is part of a department called the "Administrative Resource Center" which provides Human Resources, Information Technology, Geographic Information Systems, Planning & Zoning, and Environmental Health services.
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The county Administrator is an appointed official that supervises the day-to-day operations of the Saline County government on behalf of elected County Commissioners.
The County Administrator is an appointed official that supervises the day-to-day operations of the Saline County government on behalf of elected County Commissioners.
Deputy County Administrator
Phillip (Phil) Smith-Hanes was appointed Saline County Administrator effective December 2, 2019. A native of the Flint Hills region of Kansas and a graduate of three Kansas universities, Phil started his career in local government with the League of Kansas Municipalities and Sedgwick County before moving to the West Coast for 15 years, where he worked for both a city and a county in California. In 2016, he returned to his home state to become County Administrator in Ellis County before moving to Saline County.
Phil and his family reside in Salina. His work with the Board of County Commissioners is governed by a contract, as amended.
Deputy County Administrator
Hannah Bett accepted the role of Deputy County Administrator for Saline County in March of 2019. Prior to her assuming her current role, Mrs. Bett served as the Director of Saline County Emergency Management for ten years taking that department from the traditional model of Emergency Management to the professional model through a strategy that focused on partnerships, communication, and education. Hannah also worked as a 911 Dispatcher for nine years in Riley County as well as the City of Salina.
300 West Ash Street, Room 209
PO Box 5040
Salina, KS 67402
Hours: 8 AM - 5 PM Monday - Friday
Closed Weekends & Holidays
Tue, Jan 24, 2023
"The program's overall goal is to prevent people in mental health crisis from going to jail and get them connected to the resources they need," said Captain Paul Forrester with the Salina Police Department. "Once an officer has determined the situation is safe, the co-responder will provide preliminary assessment, immediate crisis resolutions, and de-escalation at the scene. They will also provide the referrals and links to community resources appropriate for the individual."
Tue, Aug 30, 2022