LARNED — Staff at the Larned Juvenile Correctional Facility (LJCF) recently honored longtime employee Cee Cephus at a retirement reception.
Cephus retired as the facility’s chemical dependency recovery program director after 15 years of service to the state of Kansas. He began his career as a youth service specialist trainee at the facility on April 11, 1994, and later joined the chemical dependency department as a counselor on Dec. 9, 1996. Cephus was promoted to his current position on Feb. 4, 2001. In appreciation of his years of service, Superintendent Kyle Rohr presented Cephus with a wooden plaque and a flag that had been flown over the state capitol in Topeka.
In retiring, Cephus said he was grateful to have worked at LJCF and to have aided the Kansas Juvenile Justice Authority in furthering its mission to change the lives of at-risk youth.
“I will miss the kids and the professional relationships with staff that I have developed over the years,” Cephus said.
When asked to describe his favorite memory at LJCF, Cephus recalled the opening of the 132,000-square-foot facility in 2003.
“When LJCF transferred its location from buildings located at Larned State Hospital campus to its own newly-built facility, it was like going into a brand new house,” he said.