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Reflections from Kansas Certified Public Manager Graduate: Jeff Mooradian

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Lt. Mooradian delivers CPM graduation speech

Comments Delivered by Lieutenant Jeff Mooradian, Patrol Bureau Commander/SORT Team Leader, Dodge City Police Department
On November 20, 2015

Good morning family, friends, instructors, and CPM class of 2015. My name is Lieutenant Jeff Mooradian, Patrol Commander for the Dodge City Police Department, and it is my honor to represent the Southwest Kansas CPM class.

CPM class has taught us many things. Over the course of a year we have learned about public service, budget and collaboration, creativity and innovation in the workplace, diversity and building relationships, along with many other interesting topics, but most of all it has taught us about leadership and has helped develop each and every one of us into better leaders, not only in our workplace but also in our communities.

So, I thought to myself, what does a leader mean to me?
For me, a leader is a person of integrity and trust, one who leads by example and is not afraid to get their hands dirty. One of my favorite quotes describes a true leader as “a person you would follow into a place you would never go into alone.” This class has helped us become individuals others would trust to follow.

The CPM class has also given me the opportunity to meet some great people, and I will miss my fellow classmates. We’ve shared many laughs and stories over many great lunch dates.

Overall, CPM has been a great experience. Thank you to my fellow classmates, and a special thank you to Terri and all of our instructors.

In closing, I’d like to say that CPM has shown us the difference between being a “boss” in the workplace and being a “leader” and has taught us the importance of that difference, which is summed up in this quote from H. Gordon Selfridge:

“A boss drives employees
But a leader coaches them.

A boss depends on authority
A leader depends on good will

A boss inspires fear
A leader generates enthusiasm

A boss says, ‘I’ and ‘Me’
A leader says, ‘Us’ and ‘We’

A boss tells you to ‘Go’
But a true leader says, ‘Follow me'”

Today, we are all proud to graduate CPM as leaders.

THANK YOU!


Want to be a part of the 2016 CPM program? Find out more here: CPM 2016. The registration deadline is Friday, December 18, with an early bird registration deadline of Tuesday, December 1.

Reflections from Kansas Certified Public Manager Graduate: Kelli Bailiff

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Lt. Bailiff delivers CPM graduation speech

Comments Delivered by Kelli Bailiff, Lieutenant, Wyandotte County Sheriff’s Office
On November 20, 2015

Kelli graduated in May, 2014 from our Law Enforcement Leadership Academy (LELA) Command School. After LELA, she completed extra assignments to earn the Certified Public Manager (CPM) certification. Starting in January, 2016 students of the LELA Command School will simultaneously complete work on their CPM certification.


When we entered the LELA program, we were all excited and prepared to learn more about how we could offer more to our organizations and what we needed to learn to become better leaders and better mentors. But through the LELA and the CPM classes, I realized that the first thing I needed to do was to search within myself and to find out truly who I was, what I wanted, and what I needed to become. It made me take a step backwards and to search within my own being – my heart and soul. I realized in order for me to become a better leader and a mentor, I needed to become a better me.

A wonderful mentor made a comment I cherish, “You will do what you are – so know who and what you are and be comfortable with it.” Thank you, Sheriff Ash.

A leader is far more than a label. Leadership is about taking actions to create sustained and positive transformations within an organization. But we must first align our values and our vision, not only with ourselves but within our ranks and teams. We must prepare and build a productive environment not only for today but for the future. Beth Revis said, “A leader isn’t someone who forces others to make him stronger; a leader is someone willing to give his strength to others so that they may have the strength to stand on their own.”

During this training, I also learned the true meaning of patience – personally and professionally. Sometimes that means not voicing my opinion until the proper time, if ever at all. We all know that dealing with people requires this patience, but show me a leader with patience and I’ll show you someone whom people will trust.

After I took a hard look at myself and made a list of items I needed to improve, I asked myself what is one word I am taking away from the LELA and CPM programs and what does it mean to me now. I choose the word “Empower.”

The best leaders are masters of making things happen. They create far more energy than they consume and, instead of taking energy from an organization, we must channel and amplify it back to our organization. My goal in becoming a successful leader is to create a compelling vision for our employees to strive for, to communicate our values and mission, and to do my best to get our people excited.

The people you lead may not be the first to follow what you say, but they will be the first to follow what you do. As Ronald Reagan said, “Surround yourself with great people; delegate authority; then get out of the way.”

Thank you for allowing me to express what we have learned during this great adventure.


Want to be a part of the 2016 LELA Command School or the 2016 CPM program? Find out more here:

The registration deadline is Friday, December 18, with an early bird registration deadline of Tuesday, December 1.

Reflections from Emerging Leaders Academy Graduate: Shawn Kirkwood

Good afternoon. Friends, colleagues, Kansas University PMC staff members and instructors, and most importantly, my fellow distinguished ELA 2015 graduates. It’s truly an honor to speak on behalf of the Overland Park, Emerging Leader’s constituency.

My experience with ELA this year has been awesome. From the first day of class on March 4th, I could sense that this learning experience would be different than any I had been involved in.  How did I know you might ask?  Well, for those of us in Overland Park, you might remember, the impromptu blizzard that greeted us that none of our local news stations predicted.  In my opinion, that was a sure-fire indicator that this learning experience would be an interesting ride. And an interesting, engaging, empowering experience it has been.

I don’t think I would be out of place in stating that if the Overland Park ELA participants represent the prosperity or demise of the public sector, the future of our respective governmental agencies couldn’t be brighter.

Before I move on, I would like for us to all to take the time to acknowledge and give a big round of applause to our fearless, empowering, thought-provoking, Linked-In invitation accepting, red headed, left-handed, encouragement guru, the Emerging Leaders Academy Director, Noel Rasor.  Noel has kept our classes interesting by pushing us to not only think or re-think about our current roles in government, but via the various sessions and interactive activities, like “Generations in the Workplace” and Laura Howard’s session “The Future of the Public Sector” we have been equipped with tools that allowed us to take a glimpse into our upcoming roles as government leaders, and innovators.

Personally, I enjoyed the sessions that made us explore ourselves as individuals and then took us below the surface in defining who, why and what we are in our roles as public servants. Two of our TED talks were quite impactful. First, Karen Tilstra’s, Yes, And, taught me that every ideal, good or bad idea deserves at least 1 minute of our time.  And Benjamin Zanders, “Shining Eyes” not only taught me how to listen to classical music but it cemented in me that most every ideal or request we receive as public officials is of the upmost importance to the person making the suggestion.

Ms. Terri Callahan’s session, “The Power of Attitude” had a tremendous impact on me, as she empowered us to check our personal attitudes at the door, remembering that as public servants, we should always display servanthood in what we do.  I want to thank our speed mentors, who took the time out of their busy lives to share with us.  Marilu, Gordon, Crystal, Leslie, Dave, Scott, and Patty were awesome.  I got the chance to sit with 3 of them and in that brief time I took away a nugget of wisdom from each of them.  Patty, I now have the words, “Be Nice” posted on my computer at work.   Crystal made reference to a brilliant quote “Straight roads don’t always create the best drivers”, what I got from that is,  no matter how we got here, we are here,  and we can and must make a positive impact.  Mr. Gordon Criswell, I learned a lot in our 10 -20 minutes together, but the one thing I took away was something he probably wasn’t trying to teach.  When in a small group of people, if you talk in a very low, deliberate, controlled pitch, you sound very wise and your audience to lean in and listen.

I would be remise if I didn’t mention how much, I believe, we as a group learned from each other. As I mentioned before, our Overland Park group was great and contained many awesome individuals.  From, the great attitudes/positive energy displayed by folks such as Angelene, Vince, Mike and Heather, to the restroom break sidebar insightful discussions I had with Calvin.  I learned tons of things about the public sector that I otherwise wouldn’t have known. Joe made me realize the importance of GIS work , while Jessica, as meticulous, nice, neat and perfectly aligned as she kept her classroom materials, it’s only fitting that folks like her and Jaime are in the planning business.  My City of Kansas City departmental co-worker Chad forced me to see the value the millennial generation adds to the public sector.  If I’m ever involved in a plane crash in the Pacific Northwest and all I have is some matches, bubble gum and a can of Crisco grease, I want William by my side.   Diane, our future politician was always encouraging, and often times made me want to switch tables as she found and shared, (with her table only) the most delicious after lunch deserts known to man.  Good luck in all your future endeavors.  Beatriz Way the David to my Goliath, size wise, was a person who I found I had the most in common with. We both share a love for documentaries, more than a few Strength Finder characteristics, and a passion for wanting to help our nation’s children and elderly population. Last but not least, Ms. Jess Finely.  Early on in ELA, she shared with me that she will be married soon and plans to honeymoon in Jamaica, at a similar resort as I did when I was married. Jess, a few words of wisdom, similar to the  Las Vegas catch phrase, what happens in Jamaica…………..takes about 6 weeks to get out your system……..so plan accordingly.

In closing, ELA has been a rewarding experience and I am thankful for the professional and personal relationships I have gained. Noel, if there is ever anything I can do to assist you in making sure future ELA participants are given the same opportunities,  please don’t hesitate to call.

Thank you.

Reflections from Emerging Leaders Academy Graduate: Brittany Keegan

Brittany Keegan ELA Graduate 2015 Curator/Collections Manager Watkins Museum of History

Brittany Keegan
ELA Graduate 2015
Curator/Collections Manager
Watkins Museum of History

The Emerging Leadership Academy can be summed up for me in two words: strengths and collaboration.

We learned that to be successful we should focus on the skills that challenge and engage us. That, I think, is the key to the ELA’s success: we learned to develop strengths we already have. In doing so we learned about the strengths and skills of the people around us. This was never clearer to me than in the discussion of our Strengths Finder test. The importance of the assessment was not that it pinpointed our motivating factors, but that we saw how those factors have played out in our past achievements.

Learning my own motivational drives fostered a curiosity about the people in my life: what drives them? What different skills do we each bring to the table? In short, I became conscious of what steps to take to create positive partnerships and leadership.

In ELA, collaboration is the cornerstone for success. Many of us work for organizations that rely on outside partnerships. Working in the public sector means that many projects cannot be achieved without partnerships. Meanwhile, our daily work is a series of collaborations with co-workers, employers, and clients to succeed in a shared goal.

The discussion of collaboration was my favorite class moment. To learn about collaboration, we were divided into groups based on similar collaboration styles and asked to decide how we would survive a very specific disaster scenario. We engaged the problem as a group, we had fun, and we found a solution we all were happy with. It served to remind me that we are rarely the only person responsible for our projects or achievements. Sharing the work with equally motivated people creates a better work environment.

In the same class we learned that people will more than likely sit in a building that may be on fire just because others refuse to leave the building. While it seems ridiculous, learning that was an important reminder that we collaborate best when we bring our individual thoughts and experiences to the table. It is tempting at times to just agree with the group, but collaborations succeed when we each engage at our highest levels. But seriously, if you’re in a room that suddenly fills with smoke: just leave no matter what other people are doing.

I look forward to whatever collaborations come from within this group. Everyone involved in ELA has great minds, great senses of humor, and, as the portfolio presentations proved, great accomplishments. Knowing each other, Noel, and the ELA’s guest speakers, I’m sure these collaborations will create long-lasting positive impacts on our communities.

Emerging Leaders Academy Graduation Speech: Mike Rounds

Celebrate: congratulate – give yourself a hand, you deserve it.

Honor: Thank you for having me today – I have heard a lot about the Emerging Leaders Academy and it is an honor to be able to share in your graduation ceremony today. One of my team mates in the KU HR Department is a graduate of ELA and I asked her what advice she had to prepare for my discussion with you today. As I expected, she provided some terrific suggestions. First she emphasized to be mindful of the diversity of the participants who come from a broad range of organizations across the greater Kansas City area (and not just KU). When I was reviewing the list of graduates, I was very impressed by the number of organizations represented and I am confident that the opportunity to share insights on the culture and strengths of each of your organizations has been an important part of your program. The network that you have established will also serve you well in the future.

She also recommended that I point out that, while attendance in ELA is an amazing opportunity, it is only one step in your personal and professional development responsibility that comes with a lifetime of public service. I have worked in the public sector for over 35 years and about 25% of that time I have been involved at some level in part or full time professional development. While all of us are extremely busy, I hope that you are already thinking about what you need to do next to continue to grow. One thing that is certain, and something I am sure that you have discussed during the program, is change – as the world has changed around me, I have felt compelled to evolve with it. I have been fortunate that I have always worked for organizations and leaders who place a high value on professional development and, the fact that you are here, is evidence that your organizations do as well.

Most important, Traci thought it would be useful to share a couple thoughts on leadership with you. I have spent my adult life studying and practicing leadership. Before I share my thoughts on leadership principles, I have come to 2 conclusions. First, while leadership principles are generally relatively straight forward, the practice or implementation of those principles is the most complex activity most of us will ever be involved in. As I mentioned, our environment is always changing and we have to be agile enough to take the principles we believe in and shape them to the situation in front of us. Now that I am working in the HR sector, we joke sometimes that our jobs would be simple if they didn’t involve people – but committing to life in the public sector is all about serving people and the complexities that go with that service. Second, growing my own leadership skills has been a journey and not a destination. I am closer to the end of my professional life than the beginning, but even so, my current position has demanded that I continue to grow. In a University environment, a premium is placed on collaboration and I have had to adjust this new environment. By adjusting, I have grown to appreciate the power associated with productive collaboration even though it is a new environment for me.

Since I have been to quite a few graduations and my suspicion is that you would prefer that I stop talking sooner rather than later, the vignettes that I want to share with you are very brief, but they illustrate 3 things that are fundamental to my beliefs and serve as the foundation of my leadership style.

  1. Anne’s story: Never underestimate the abilities of others.
  2. West Point epiphany: The power of dignity and respect.
  3. The baseball coach: Doing what you have a passion for.

I recommend that each of you should have a few fundamentals that govern how you lead as these principles influence how I think. The fact that you take the time to understand what is most important to you enhances the probability that you will stick to these principles even under pressure. As I mentioned, I would expect that your fundamental leadership beliefs will continue to evolve.

-At this point, I would be remiss if I didn’t point out, on behalf of the graduates, that it is important to remember and thank those that have made this opportunity possible:

-leadership

-colleagues

-family

-I hope as you depart with your families today that you will get an early start on your 4th of July festivities – as I thought about it, it is an appropriate time for you to be concluding your program since it connects you directly back to the public servants who founded the nation. I suspect, however, that many of you will be serving your communities over the 4th so your great communities can celebrate safely.

Finally (really) I would like to conclude with some thoughts from Rudyard Kipling’s poem If. There are a couple of excerpts that I feel capture what it means to be a public servant and the selfless service that goes with it. Many years ago Kipling suggested:

If you can keep your head when all about you

Are losing theirs and blaming it on you;

If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,

But make allowances for their doubting too;

If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,

Or, being lied about, but don’t deal in lies,

Or, being hated, but don’t give way to hating

If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken

Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,

Or walk with kings and not lose the common touch;

If you can fill the unforgiving minute

With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run

Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it.

Congratulations and I hope that each of you head back to your organizations confident that you are prepared for your next unforgiving minute – whatever it may be.

Law Enforcement Leadership Academy Command School Graduation Remarks: Laura Howard

Remarks by Laura Howard, PMC Director at the University of Kansas


Laura Howard

Laura Howard, PMC Director University of Kansas

Good afternoon. I am Laura Howard, the Director of the Public Management Center in the School of Public Affairs and Administration at the University of Kansas. It is a privilege as the public management center to manage the Kansas law enforcement leadership academy and to honor today the second graduating class of the command school.

 

This is not an endeavor that we at the Public Management Center do alone. We have been graced with committed partners, all focused on a collective vision of accessible, affordable law enforcement leadership training here in Kansas.

 

Our fine partners deserve thanks and gratitude for this commitment, Ed Peavey and his team here at the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center; our fine committed practitioner/principal instructors who are here today that ensure that law enforcement professionals are a part of instructing and leading discussions with our command school participants; and our program manager, Jonathan Morris and the instructors from the PMC.

 

I’d also like to thank the law enforcement departments who supported today’s command school graduates. To the families of our graduates, thank you for supporting your family member, even though it meant even more days and nights away from home, family, children’s events and community activities.

 

Let me turn my attention to the graduates of the command school —

 

I’d like to share some words with you that were first spoken many years ago, but still have relevance today.   These words were spoken by President John F. Kennedy, on October 31, 1962, at the seventh session of the Federal Bureau of Investigation National Academy.  Let me read a few excerpts from President Kennedy’s speech, which seem as relevant today as when the speech was first delivered.

Ladies and gentleman, I am anxious to come here this afternoon for several reasons. First, because of the extraordinary character of men [and women] who have rallied to the standard of premiere law enforcement organizations over the years and have served the public good.

I don’t think that our citizens are as aware as they should be….of the thousands of dedicated men and women who serve our country, who serve the public interest….who day in and day out maintain the strength of our society, and who provide us the security we need to follow our private lives.

This is so true of those of you who serve in police work, whether it is in a state, a county, a city, or community. Most of the time your work is unheralded; you are frequently subject to criticism.  When there is a failure, real or perceived, your failures are broadcast. 

What I want to emphasize today is the great obligation which all of our people owe to you and those like you who serve the great interest of our people in maintaining our society and permitting it to function. Your work protects the family.  Your work protects private property.  Your work permits us to go on with our social life and family life and to meet the responsibilities of a great nation. 

I want to say as President of the United States, how glad I am that you are at this Academy. This is extremely difficult and sophisticated work.  It involves the most detailed and complex modern communications.  It requires sophistication in understanding great amounts of information. It requires a great knowledge of human behavior.  It requires sophisticated law enforcement.  It requires a great knowledge and feeling for civil liberties, the rights of those who are accused as well as the rights of the innocents. 

All of this means that this academy fulfills a great public need. I want to express our thanks to all of you, who direct and lead our police work, as well as those you lead and direct, the men and women you serve with who make this country function, who make it what it is, who frequently travel with hazard and dangers to make it possible for us to carry out our lives. 

Our obligation to you is unlimited. Thank you for your service and commitment to professional, excellent law enforcement. 

Reflections from Emerging Leaders Academy Graduate: Katie Whisman

Comments Delivered By Katie Whisman, Kansas Bureau of Investigation
On January 15, 2015


Good afternoon,

I’d like to offer a sincere thank you to each of you in the audience. Whether family members, peers, coworkers, supervisors, or professional mentors, you have had a profound impact on each of us before you today. For your support, we are grateful. To those of you from our respective agencies that were directly involved in the decision to support our attendance at the Emerging Leaders Academy, we owe a special debt of gratitude.

The Emerging Leaders Academy has been a unique and formative experience that has allowed us to explore ourselves, not only as people but as professionals in public service. That exploration was the result of targeted topics presented over the course of ten weeks, with speakers and coaches from various disciplines in the public sector. And although the focus has been on developing leadership skills, these skills have a much broader impact on us as individuals.

We’ve learned how to better communicate and how to listen; which tasks leave us feeling strong and energized, and which leave us feeling depleted; and how to pair our strengths and weaknesses with those of our peers for the betterment of our teams. Additionally, we participated in a professional mentorship, assembled a portfolio, and learned about the power of attitude, developing networking skills, and managing conflict.

Above all, we’ve been challenged to identify our career goals and take an active role in achieving them. For some, the result has been the dose of fortitude needed to explore other career paths or opportunities. Several others were inspired to continue their formal educations or renew technical or professional certifications. And two of us received promotions that we may not have had the courage to otherwise explore. Each of us has been enriched by the ELA experience and influenced in immeasurable ways.

Thank you, Director Howard, for your support and participation.

And to our facilitator, Noel, who drove interactive group discussions, pushed us to engage in deep personal thought, and encouraged us to consider others’ perspectives in a new way, a most sincere and heartfelt thank you. You ma’am are a true Multiplier.

Reflections from Emerging Leaders Academy Graduate: Mark Lopez

Comments Delivered By Mark Lopez, Firefighter/EMT, Shawnee Fire Department
On January 16, 2015

The word “leadership” has always been a fascinating word to me. It seems that if you ask a hundred people what leadership is, you’ll receive a hundred and ten very different answers – of which none are wrong! I’ve long wondered if leadership is truly a born character trait or if it actually CAN BE developed and mastered! I’ve been extremely fortunate in both my military and fire service careers to have the opportunity to observe VERY diverse leadership styles. I’ve always tried to notice which ONE leadership style and which ONE personal attribute tends to be the most effective so that I can emulate “that style” in order to be successful.

The truth is, there wasn’t a single style that I felt would fit every situation, and, more importantly, that wouldn’t require me to put on a guise. To be honest, it was extremely discouraging! How in the world do I learn to be a leader if I can’t “ACT” like a leader?

In the Emerging Leaders Academy, I learned a priceless lesson. Through the various classroom exercises, reading material, videos, presentations, personal reflection, and the insight and perspective from the instructors and speed coaches, I realized, surprise surprise, it’s NOT one single leadership style or one single personality trait that makes a strong and effective leader. By tapping into and embracing what is already inside: compassion, empathy, and trust, and by believing that every single person is capable of greatness – you just have to unleash their potential, that I’ve come to trust in myself as a next generation leader. A leader who will successfully lead men and women through not only the good times, but also, the bad times. And even through the bad times, I’ll lead with absolute confidence and stoicism.

Thank you.

 

 

Reflections from Kansas Certified Public Manager Graduate: Brent Narges

Comments Delivered by Brent Narges, Deputy Chief of Police, City of Pittsburg Police Department
On November 21, 2014

GOOD MORNING! My name is Brent Narges, and I work with the Pittsburg Police Department. I am very grateful for this opportunity to briefly speak with you this morning.

I first want to thank Terri and all of her CPM staff for their dedicated work throughout this past year, and I also want to issue a thank you to KU for offering this nationally recognized program to public sector professionals of Kansas.

This CPM program has given us the opportunity to grow professionally, and maybe more importantly, we have grown personally during our time spent with our fellow students and instructors. (And let’s not forget our many hours and long tedious nights spent with Blackboard.) Our time spent together in class has certainly given us networking opportunities, and notably, we have developed new and stronger friendships with our classmates and our CPM instructors.

Our small but energetic class of 12 is certainly very proud to be the first CPM class of southeast Kansas. We look forward to encouraging our co-workers to participate in this comprehensive program in the years to come. Throughout our classes and discussions about the many challenges we face daily within our organizations, such as dealing with personnel issues or budgeting shortfalls, we took time to analyze. We came to recognize that regardless of what organization we were from, the challenges we face were very similar in nature. We have been presented with many alternatives, or should I say, more effective methods, for fixing a problem. Doing the “right thing” is not always easy, but it should always be our primary objective.

Again, I want to thank you for this opportunity, not only to speak with you this morning, but more importantly, our class wants to thank all of those individuals that enabled us to attend the CPM program this past year. Thank you!

CPM with Distinction 2014 Recipients

The Kansas Certified Public Manager® (CPM) Program represents a commitment to lifelong learning. The CPM program certification is awarded for life, but successful graduates will seek to refresh and further develop the skills they honed during the program.

The “CPM with Distinction” credential recognizes CPM graduates who continue to develop themselves professionally and make significant contributions to the advancement of public services. These contributions may occur via teaching, writing articles, mentoring/advising on projects, joining professional development organizations, and taking additional management/leadership-related training.

The 2014 recipients of this honorable credential are:

•    Dena Ackors, Kansas Department of Labor – ISH
•    Mary Blubaugh, Kansas State Board of Nursing
•    Jay Davis, Department for Children and Families
•    Brett Deichler, Unified Government of Wyandotte County / Kansas City, KS
•    Andrew Diekemper, Lenexa Fire Department
•    James Eickhoff, Wyandotte County Sheriff’s Office
•    Randy Frazer, City of Moundridge
•    Brenda Gammell, Johnson County Sheriff’s Office
•    Adrian Guerrero, Kansas State Board of Nursing
•    Paula Hinman, Kansas Geological Survey, University of Kansas
•    John Hooker, Kansas Public Employees Retirement System
•    Karen LaFrenier, City of Liberal
•    Scott Marriott, Johnson County Sheriff’s Office
•    Erin O’Donnell, Johnson County Sheriff’s Office
•    Charles Oldaker, Kansas Department of Transportation
•    Jason Patty, City of El Dorado
•    Teresa Pearson, USDA Rural Development
•    Mike Phillips, Kansas Department of Labor – ISH
•    Courtney Prewitt, Garden City Police Department
•    Jon Quinday, City of Russell
•    Michael Reagle, Garden City Police Department
•    Brad Robbins, Leawood Police Department
•    Jessi Snook, Kansas Department of Health and Environment
•    Jan Stavens, City of Dodge City, CVB
•    Tom Sybesma, Johnson County Sheriff’s Office
•    Heather Wilke, Kansas Department of Labor
•    Steve Zink, Dairy Farmers of America