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    Cynthia "Cyndi" Beck

Biographical Information

What is the main issue that led you to seek the office of County Clerk? How do you propose to address that issue?

What improvements are needed in Kansas open government laws (KORA) to make governmental actions more understandable and decisions more transparent for all residents?

Personal Biography Although I was born in Nebraska, I was adopted as a Kansan in 1995 when my husband,Mark, was appointed to be the Director of Property Valuation by Gov. Bill Graves.Since the passing of my husband, I find untold joy in being with my have 2 children, my son, Nathan (Miranda) & grandchildren (Elijah, Emma & Gideon) & daughter, Jen (Dustin) & grand-puppies (Zoe, Sydnee & Sophee). I have worked in government in 3 states over the last 45+ years and still love it!
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Campaign Phone (785) 640-4638
Education Graduated Utica High School, Utica NE; Attended Concordia University (fka Concordia Teachers College) Seward NE; Former registered Abstractor/Title Ins. Agent, Nebraska; Multiple classes taken through my professional organization, Kansas County Clerks & Election Officials Assoc.
Community/Public Service A member of First Lutheran Church; a long time member of Friends in Credit (a group of retired credit professional who donate needed items to Topeka Rescue Mission, Doorstep, and selected schools)
Address 6546 SW 23rd Ct., Topeka KS 66614
I have been blessed to say the office of County Clerk is and has been my life since 1997. The changes in the operation of the office over the last 20+ years are predominately due to the changes in technology. There are multiple job duties that are required by state statutes, among them being the secretary to the County Commission. If you have never taken the opportunity to attend a meeting you should at least watch either the live streaming or the video recorded copy. They have had some very interesting meetings. And every item that is discussed and approved or denied at those meetings has to be recorded and kept indefinitely. Thanks to the current technology, our minute files and all the many documents that go across the Commission table are scanned and easily accessible. This allows my staff to be able to do research for open records requests and other purposes. I will continue to pursue the latest technology that provides the best service for the taxpayers of Shawnee County.
Kansas Open Records Act (KORA) is vital to open government. It is the duty of all elected officials to provide all allowable records to the public through the most convenient process. In Shawnee County, the County Clerk is the Freedom of Information Officer by appointment. Most, but not all, Kansas Open Records requests for Shawnee County come through my office. That does not mean my office has all of the information that someone is seeking. We are required to provide the requested information within 3 business days or for searches that require more time, provide a notification that we have received their request and are working on it. County government information is just like any other business and all the technology in the world can still make research difficult. Education of our departments on the importance of KORA has been a priority for Shawnee County. To keep the public informed, we need to openly provide as much information, in the simplest manner available.