Kingman County, Kansas

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Steve Ramsey, supervisor

How to contact us: 
620-532-5109 (please leave message)

130 North Spruce
Kingman,  KS  67068

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Steve Ramsey

Helpful forms:

Consent to Participate in Community Service

Release of Liability

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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!