KHP names De Vore assistant superintendent

GARDEN CITY — The Kansas Highway Patrol announced last week that Major Jason De Vore, a 25-year veteran of the patrol, will be the agency’s new lieutenant colonel and assistant superintendent

De Vore joined the patrol in 1994, and has since served as a Salina area trooper, second lieutenant and assistant Troop M commander, lieutenant, captain of central communications, state CJIS systems officer, Troop C commander and west region and special operations major.

He has been a member of the Criminal Interdiction Enforcement Unit and the Special Response Team, attended the FBI’s National Academy in Quantico, Va., and is a member of the Kansas Peace Officers Association, Kansas Sheriff’s Association, the FBI’s National Academy Associates, Inc., the Kansas Association of Chiefs of Police and the International Association of Chiefs of Police.

He graduated from Eureka Sr. High School in Eureka, received his associate degree in criminal justice from Barton County Community College and a degree in electronic engineering technology from DeVry Institute of Technology.

 

Mentors needed in Wellington

WELLINGTON — Volunteers are needed this next school year for a mentoring program in Wellington schools.

The Mental Health Association of South Central Kansas is partnering with the United Way and local schools to recruit individuals who will meet one-on-one with students over lunch in Wellington elementary schools and the middle school.

Lunch Buddies, a national program, has been in place in Wellington schools for several years, but this past year, there was nobody to recruit volunteers. Basically, the only people serving as mentors were people who had served the previous year and stayed on the next year without being asked, Chris Gilmore, MHASCK recruiter for the program said.

“This year, we’re trying to get ahead of the game and make sure there are enough people to fill the needs of the schools,” Gilmore said.

Anyone interested in being a Lunch Buddies volunteer can contact Gilmore at 620.899.3399 or email him at chris.gilmore@mhasck.org.