New city council member appointed in Clearwater

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CLEARWATER – Crystal Walter was appointed as the newest member of the Clearwater City Council during Tuesday night’s council meeting. She was appointed by Mayor Burt Ussery.
Walter has lived in the Park Glen development with her husband, Eric, and her two children, for the past 14 years. Her children, ages 17 and 15, spent their whole lives in the Clearwater School district.
Walter said she and her family have enjoyed many aspects of Clearwater life, from walking in the Halloween parade and participating in the Christmas celebrations to attending the Clearwater Fall Fest.
She has a degree in journalism from Kansas State University. Most of her professional life has been spent working in a marketing and sales capacity. Walter is currently the director of marketing for a manufacturing company called PWI, Inc., located in Wichita. Before that, she worked from home placing foreign exchange students in homes all across the state, including several who were hosted by families in Clearwater. Crystal also worked in marketing at the Wichita Art Museum and at Shell Oil, when they were doing test drilling in south central Kansas.
Walter has also volunteered in various capacities around Clearwater. She devoted many hours to her church as worship leader and elder. She has also volunteered at the high school, coaching students in the entrepreneur classes as well as judging forensics tournaments.
Walter said would like to establish more amenities for retired couples and empty nesters. She also believes that the city itself is very marketable and more people would live here, if they were aware of everything Clearwater has to offer. She said she would also like to work on promoting the town to people across the state as a viable living option to larger suburbs of Wichita like Derby, Maize and Andover.
Walter and former city council member William “Tex” Titterington both expressed interest in filling the council’s open position, which was created by the resignation of Yvonne Coon. Titterington was a council member from 2016 to 2019, and currently serves on the planning commission.