Former Winfield city manager Warren Porter, who left a little more than three years ago for a job out of state, has taken a new job in the area to be closer to family, he told the CourierTraveler on Thursday.

Porter began as city manager of Rose Hill on Monday. He was previously the director of finance for the city of Edmond, Okla. Before that, he was city manager of Winfield for 20 years before leaving in late 2016.

Porter said he wasn’t looking to leave Edmond, but was contacted by someone he knew about the job in Rose Hill. Porter said he was honored that they reached out, and agreed to visit with Rose Hill officials about the job.

Porter said he took the job in Rose Hill for family reasons. His wife had been traveling back to Kansas often to care for her mother, and the couple’s six children all live in the state.

“Not only is this a nice, new opportunity to serve a Kansas community, it brought us closer to family,” Porter said.

Every community is different and has its own unique challenges, Porter said. One thing that makes the new job different than others he’s had is that Rose Hill only provides water and wastewater services to customers, not the full slate of utilities like in Winfield and other places he’s worked.

“The service delivery is a little different,” he said.

Porter said he and his wife are temporarily living in Winfield, but will move to Rose Hill in the near future.

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