Butler County hosts Government Day

By Deanna Bonn
Butler County Times Gazette – October 29, 2018

Photo by Deanna Bonn

Through a cooperative effort by the Butler County Council’s American Legion and Butler County, students from schools throughout the county convened in front of the Butler County Courthouse on Tuesday, Oct. 23 to learn about the various functions of our county government and where tax dollars are invested.
Education is an important part of the mission of the American Legion because a democracy depends largely on its people being informed. The Government Day program is targeted towards informing high school students enrolled in Social Studies within Butler County.
Greeted by Vice Chair, Commissioner Marc Murphy, the students were told how the day would unfold. They divided into several groups and rotated through stations throughout the day. Those stations were composed of the different administrative, executive and legal offices within Butler County.
Students sat in the Butler Board of Commissioners meeting located on the fourth floor of the historic courthouse and heard from County Administrator Will Johnson. He shared an abbreviated history of Butler County with the students in addition to quizzing them on some well-known, and some obscure, facts of the largest county in Kansas. The students also heard from the GIS Mapping Department and learned of the upcoming tax sale in November.
At another station, students heard from Butler County Clerk, Tatum Stafford and her office. Students who were of voting age and unregistered, were given the opportunity to register to vote.
Travelling to the Butler County Judicial Center County Attorney, Darrin Devinney and District Court Judge, Jan Satterfield welcomed students into the Courtroom and gave insights into the judicial process. Emergency Management Director, Keri Korthals shared why the need for emergency preparedness was the responsibility of all the people.
The students were treated to lunch at the Butler County Community Building. The lunch was hosted by the Butler County Council’s American Legion and American Legion Auxiliary. While at lunch, the students met “Rosie the Riveter” as portrayed by Auxiliary member, Virginia Ball. And heard from the American Legion Department of Kansas Commander Dan Wiley who gave the students the “keys” to success. After lunch, the students went to the Butler County Detention Facility to tour the facilities and rotate through more stations set up outside. There they learned from our public safety employees as the Butler County Sheriff, El Dorado Fire Department and Butler County Emergency Medical Services were on hand.
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