Northwest Kansas Community Corrections and Northwest Kansas Juvenile Services Governing Board

Meetings: Held quarterly in Hays (Thirsty's) at 4:00 p.m. 

2023 Meeting Dates
March 9, 2023
June 8, 2023
September 14, 2023
December 14, 2023

The Board of Directors shall schedule meetings as necessary. The Board shall meet at least quarterly. An annual meeting shall be held the last calendar meeting of the year. Special meetings may be called, but public notice must be given at least 24 hours prior to any special meetings. Public notice of all meetings, including special meetings, shall be provided to and/or published on Host County Website, Host City Website, and Nex-Tech Classifieds.

The Northwest Kansas Community Corrections and Northwest Kansas Juvenile Services Governing Board is comprised of 17 counties in northwest Kansas, making up the 15th, 17th, and 23rd Judicial Districts including Cheyenne, Decatur, Ellis, Graham, Gove, Logan, Norton, Osborne, Phillips, Rawlins, Rooks, Sheridan, Sherman, Smith, Thomas, Trego and Wallace Counties. This Board shall have all the authority, rights and responsibilities that would be given to an individual county under the Community Corrections Act, as codified in K.S.A 75-5290 and 75-52, 111 et seq. This Board is the governing body of Northwest Kansas Community Corrections. The purpose of this Board is to yearly formulate a comprehensive plan for the development, implementation, operation and improvement of correctional services in Northwest Kansas Community Corrections’ seventeen counties.


This Board consists of 18 or more voting members serving 2-year terms who shall be representative of:

  • law enforcement; 
  • prosecution/defense; 
  • the judiciary; 
  • education;
  • corrections;
  • community mental health; 
  • ethnic minorities;
  • social services; 
  • general public. 

The City of Hays has 1 Mayoral appointment to this Board.

Curtis Brown
Expires February 1, 2025

Appointments Made by Other Entities

  • Stacie Minson, Chairperson (Trego County)
  • Don Scheibler (Police)
  • Judge Tom Drees (23rd JD/Judge Braun)
  • Aaron Cunningham (County/District Attorney)
  • Judge Shannon Schmidt (Smith County)
  • Daniel Thornton (Education Rep/Logan County)
  • Rebecca Arias (Court Services)
  • Cathy Shaffer (Mental Health Rep)
  • Ronnie Hill (Wallace County)
  • Richard Thompson (Norton County)
  • Rick Ress (Colby/Thomas County)
  • Alex Herman (Defense Attorney)
  • Gregory Balthazor (Rooks County)
  • Troy Haas (Decatur County)
  • Neal Younger (Ellis County)
  • Robert Paxson (Graham County)
  • Renee Henke (17th JD Admin Judge, Osborne County)
  • Paula Hofaker (Phillips County)
  • Isaac Leblanc (Rawlins County)
  • Mary Ellen Welshhon (Sheridan County)
  • Linda Davis-Stephens (Thomas County/15th)
  • Corey Dipman (Gove County)
  • Scott Showalter (Sherman County)
  • Paula Keller (Cheyenne County)
  • Abigail Horn (City of Norton)