Greeley County, Kansas

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Greeley County (county code GL) is a county located in West Central Kansas, in the Central United States. The county's population was estimated to be 1,331 in the year 2006, making it the smallest in the state.[1] Its county seat and most populous city is Tribune.[2]

The county is named after Horace Greeley of Chappaqua, New York, editor of the New York Tribune.


Law and government

Although the Kansas Constitution was amended in 1986 to allow the sale of alcoholic liquor by the individual drink with the approval of voters, Greeley County has remained a prohibition, or "dry", county.[3]

As of 2007, the county commissioners were Fred Crotinger, Paul J. Shafer, and Michael A. Thon.[4]

On November 6, 2007, nearly 73% of voters in rural Greeley County and in Tribune approved a consolidation of the county and the city. Such a system has previously been used in Kansas only in the urbanized Wyandotte County, the location of Kansas City. The resulting government will consist of a five-member commission with two members elected by city residents, two by rural residents, and one at-large.[5] Similar to Wyandotte County, the only other consolidated city-county in the state, part of the county will not be included: Horace decided against consolidation.[6] Members of the Unified Board of Supervisors will be elected in April 2008, and the governments will be unified in January 2009. A movement toward this consolidation had begun in 2004.[5]

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