The Barton County Commission Monday morning Recognized Carey Hipp for her service as county counselor. She had held that post since 2017, but did not seek another year as counselor after being elected to serve as district judge for the 20th Judicial District last November.
“She has proven to be a dedicated public servant,” said County Administrator Phil Hathcock, as he presented her with a gavel. “I really, personally, enjoyed working with Carey over the past two years.”
“I have appreciated you guys giving me a chance,” Hipp said. She was from Ellsworth and relatively unknown, but still she was offered the job.
Commissioners took turns thanking her for her efforts and wishing her luck on her new venture.
On Dec. 17, the commission awarded a contract to Pat Hoffman as the new counselor at a cost of $4,000 per month for a one-year contract. Under the proposal, Hoffman will provide legal services as required by state law. Specifically excluded are the duties of the county attorney.
He is with the law firm Sherman, Hoffman and Hoffman of Ellsworth, the same firm Hipp worked for.
Hipp was hired as an independent contractor first in January 2017 on a six-month contract which was renewed that July for six more months. She was renamed to the job for one year in January 2018.
The 20th Judicial District includes Barton, Ellsworth, Rice, Russell and Stafford counties. Hipp ran for one of three district judge positions which must be filled by an attorney who resides outside of Barton County.
Hipp attended Goodland High School and holds degrees from Fort Hays State University and Oklahoma University School of Law. She is a lifetime resident of Kansas.
She is a partner at Sherman, Hoffman & Hipp LC and has been with the Ellsworth firm for 18 years. She was also city attorney/prosecutor for Ellsworth, Kanopolis and Holyrood.
She is married to Scott Hipp, who was raised on his family’s farm outside of Odin. They have three children, Elizabeth, Benjamin and Andrew.