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Green reappointed to State Fairboard

Governor Laura Kelly reappointed Sarah Green to another three-year term on the Kansas State Fair Board.

Green, a community engagement manager with the Kansas Department of Transportation living in Wichita, represents the South Central Extension District on the board.

HPD promotes one officer, another retires

Officer Tim Williams was promoted last week to lieutenant in the Hutchinson Police Department, while Det. Scott Carlton retired after 28 years there.

After graduating from Kansas State University, Williams joined the university’s police department and graduated from KLETC in 2008. He spent just over three years there before joining the Hutchinson Police Department in 2011 , according to information released by the department.

During his time with HPD he served as a field training officer and performed many other instructor roles such as firearms instructor for handguns and rifles, active shooter/armed intruder instructor , school vulnerability assessor and domestic violence instructor and liaison for our local victim advocacy. Center (BrightHouse).

Williams has been a senior defensive tactics instructor for nearly two years and a member of the Emergency Response Team, where he holds the title of team leader, for nearly 10 years.

Det.  Scott Carlton

Carlton started with the HPD in 1994. During his career, he has worked as a patrol officer, community police officer, school resource officer, computer forensic examiner, telephone forensic examiner, Kansas ICAC (crimes against children), hostage negotiator, field training officer, juvenile detective and investigation of crimes against adults.

In 2002, he received the Gold Award from the Kansas Association of Chiefs of Police.

Three promoted to HCF

Ash Borgstrom
Micah Eash
Danny Childs

Kansas Department of Corrections three people at the Hutchinson Correctional Facility.

Ash Borgstrom was promoted to Warehouse Manager and Micah Eash to Corrections Supervisor I, both effective March 20.

Also promoted to Supervisor of Corrections was Danny Childs, effective April 4th.

Shelby Zuniga

Sunflower Diversified appoints interim director

BIG TURNING POINT – Shelby Zuniga is still chief financial officer (CFO) at Sunflower Diversified Services, but now has another title – interim executive director.

Zuniga, originally from Great Bend, fills the temporary position until a new leader is appointed. Jon Prescott recently retired after five years on the job. He was recently appointed Commissioner of District 4 of Barton County.

Sunflower serves children and adults with developmental disabilities in Barton, Pawnee, Rice, Rush and Stafford counties. He is in his 57th year.

Zuniga graduated from Great Bend High School in 1998 and earned an associate’s degree in business administration from Barton Community College.

She then earned a degree in accounting in 2002 from Fort Hays State University and earned her master’s degree in professional accounting from the University of Texas of the Permian Basin in Odessa in 2012. Zuniga became a CPA in 2015.

The Sunflower Search Committee continues its search for a new leader.

Since the roles of CFO and Executive Director often overlap, Zuniga is aware of the projects currently underway. These include:

  • Construction of a new transportation facility in the 5500 block of West 10th that will be funded with the help of a $1.2 million grant from the Kansas Department of Transportation;
  • Expand the applied behavior analysis program for children up to 5 years old with a medical diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder;
  • A new partnership with Housing Opportunities Inc. to build apartments just off 6th Street that will provide more living options for Sunflower customers; and
  • Community Empowerment Services is moving from location K-96 to the manufacturing plant near Great Bend Airport. Building K-96 has been sold and the cost reduction project is nearing completion.
Bill Manning

Center announces Manning’s retirement, Gray’s promotion

GREAT BEND – When Bill Manning recently retired as Director of Community Support Services (CSS), Julie Kramp faced a bittersweet situation.

As executive director of the Counseling and Counseling Center, Kramp was sorry to see Manning go, but knew Shionta Gray was well equipped for the job.

“We are happy for Bill as he is looking forward to his retirement,” Kramp said. “But we will always miss him. Bill has helped us through so much change, especially during the height of the pandemic. However, we are fortunate to have Shionta bring his deep skills, knowledge and experience to the job.

The CSS department offers community psychiatric support and treatment, attendant care, psychosocial rehabilitation, targeted case management and certified peer support. The CSS Director oversees all functions of the 12-member department.

Shionta Gray

Gray has served the Center’s clients for nearly 11 years and has served in several capacities, including Youth Community Services Support Assistant; CSS Case Manager; home care coordinator; and CSS Targeted Case Manager.

A 2002 graduate of Great Bend High School and a 2009 graduate of Barton Community College with an associate’s degree in accounting, Gray received her bachelor’s degree in business administration in 2011 from Fort Hays State University, with a certificate in business management. human ressources.

Gray was an assistant professor at Great Bend’s USD 428 Alternative Learning Center from 2005 to 2012 and a chemical dependency technician at the Women’s Recovery Center in Hoisington from 2007 to 2009.

Manning, who had worked at the Center for 16 years, began his journey there in psychosocial rehabilitation and attendant care. He was later promoted to Adult Case Manager before being promoted to CSS Director.

“I wanted to help people with mental illness,” Manning said. “The Center is the only place in the region that offers so many essential services, such as case management for people with serious and persistent mental illnesses. The team supports these clients, regardless of their insurance or ability to pay.

The Counseling and Counseling Center is a community mental health center serving Barton, Pawnee, Rice and Stafford counties.

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