Getting to know your county Community Service
This position is supervised by life-long Kingman County resident and long-time
County employee Steve Ramsey. Community Service activities are a 24-hour, 364-day per year operation. Steve's responsibility
is to oversee the placement of and work performed by individuals who are assigned "Community Service" hours by such
entities as Community Corrections, the County Attorney, Court Services and the District Court. The philosophy of the
program is to make offenders accountable and, hopefully, encourage them to become responsible citizens by working for governmental
or non-profit organizations in the community. Numerous not-for-profit and government organizations benefit from
this program every year. Community Service workers, who range in age from 12 to 60 years, provide free of charge,
"volunteer" work. Their activities include cooking, cleaning, washing, painting, sweeping, building, spraying,
typing, filing and even reading to the elderly!
During the Christmas season, Community Service workers served as
bell ringers for the Salvation Army. The Kingman County Fair also uses this free labor to prepare food for fairgoers. For
a Family Mentoring activity, Community Service labor helped set up a swing set and assisted in a substantial way on work done
on the Saddle and Roper's building. That project was a significant undertaking; workers sealed, painted, sheet rocked
walls, built a closet and installed doors.
Many Community Service individuals gain experience with other workers
and work sites that allow for new, positive work experiences. These experiences provide an opportunity to learn
new job skills. A few individuals even gain future paid job contacts. Many of these offenders discover that their
work is truly appreciated at their assigned work sites.
The Community may have the misconception that "community
service" is little more than having criminals pick up trash from a littered street. But in reality it goes
far beyond that limited scope. Community Service programs can genuinely be a "win-win" for all involved. It
is, literally, an opportunity for something positive to happen after a negative event. As with all things in life, the
individual must only have the desire to take advantage of the opportunity - and Community Service provides that chance!