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Posted on: October 9, 2023

Youth Services Director Shelly Bredemeier to retire

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Reno County, Kansas – October 9, 2023

After 35 years of service to Reno County, Shelly Bredemeier is retiring as Director of Reno County Youth Services, 219 West Second Ave., and her last day will be on December 22, 2023. 

Bredemeier began working at Youth Services after graduating from college in 1988. During her 35 years, she held these job positions: on call Youth Care Specialist, full time Youth Care Specialist, Youth Care Specialist Supervisor, Reno County Resource Coordinator, Juvenile Corrections Advisory Board Coordinator, Juvenile Intake and Assessment Supervisor, Assistant Director, and for the past three years Director of Youth Services.

Bredemeier said, “It has been an honor to serve Reno County for 35 years. I was blessed with an amazing work family.  Each day presented new challenges and many rewards. While working with so many young individuals, every day was an adventure, which provided many opportunities to help both juveniles and their families. My oh my, the many wonderful, unusual, surprising, and funny events that occurred over the many, many years, which now are my treasured memories. I have confidence that Reno County Youth Services will continue to be one of the best Youth Residential Centers and Juvenile Detention facilities in the state. The amazing staff at Youth Services do a tremendous job overseeing the youth’s daily needs. They work with unpredictable youth every day and without fail, they continuously provide a safe, positive teaching environment to improve the lives of juveniles.”

“Congrats to Shelly and a huge thank you on behalf of Reno County for her years of service and dedication to our community,” said Reno County Commission Chairman Daniel Friesen.

Reno County Administrator Randy Partington said, “Shelly has been valuable to Youth Services and Reno County for many years, and she will be greatly missed. I wish her the best in her next endeavors.” 

Bredemeier will be recognized during a regularly scheduled Reno County Commission meeting at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, December 13, 2023, in the Veterans Room at the courthouse, 206 West First Avenue.  

The public is invited to her retirement reception held from 2 - 4 p.m. on Friday, December 15, 2023, in the Veterans Room at the courthouse. 


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