TOPEKA – Larned Juvenile Correctional Facility corrections counselor Becky Carter was recently honored in Topeka for 40 years of service to the state of Kansas.
Governor Sam Brownback joined the Kansas Department of Administration to honor employees who have served the state for more than 40 years Sept. 10.
Carter was congratulated by Governor Brownback, Kansas Department of Corrections (KDOC) Secretary Ray Roberts, Deputy Secretary Terri Williams, and LJCF Superintendent Wendy Leiker.
When asked about her impressive length of service, Carter stated, “It doesn’t feel like the same job; every day is different.”
Carter began her employment with the State of Kansas in 1975, working in a temporary position within the activity therapy department at the Larned State Hospital.
The following year, she applied for an activity therapy position at the Larned Juvenile Correctional Facility when she started her work with youth. Carter was promoted to supervisor of the AT department, and in addition to her AT duties, she also served in many other roles, including group leader, staff trainer, and treatment team leader.
Currently, she is a corrections counselor II and team leader of the Mann Unit. She also serves as chairman of the LJCF Green Team, leading the facility’s recycling efforts.
One of the reasons that Carter has remained at LJCF is that she believes in the concepts and the programming presented at the juvenile facility. She finds satisfaction in seeing a young man who is changing his life and thriving after absorbing all the information that staff have taught him.
“That’s the true reward of working here.”
Brownback and KDOA Secretary Sarah Shipman awarded an official service pin celebrating the longevity of each honoree who completed either 40 or 50 years of service during the past fiscal year. The ceremony, held in the first floor rotunda of the Statehouse in Topeka, brought together employees from all across the state.
Brownback thanked the employees for their service, stating, “You’re an inspiration to all of us.”