Jan Scoggins History — or shall we say “Her-story!”
As a fourth generation Dodge Citian, my family’s history of public service and civic leadership set the stage for my dedication to serve others. Serving my community has always been, and always will be a major part of my life.
Over the years, the people of Dodge City have honored my service to our community by twice
awarding me as their Woman of the Year, among other honors.
My proven track record of servings others clearly shows my commitment to you, the people of Dodge City.
I come as a candidate with an open mind, ready to evaluate all possibilities to make Dodge City a good community now and forward into the future. As your candidate, you can be assured that your voice will be heard and your concerns thoughtfully considered.
Proven Service to Dodge City
May I take this opportunity to remind you of some of the ways I have provided care and concern to you, the citizens of Dodge City. In 2019 – 2020, I provided consulting services for a very successful fundraising campaign for the Salvation Army until COVID brought my events to a halt.
In April of 2014, you elected me to our City Commission, receiving the second highest number of votes. I served six years, and one of those years as Vice-Mayor. During my term I attended and represented our community at every League of Kansas Municipalities meeting, every joint meeting with other elected entities, and the Southwest Kansas Coalition meetings.
Prior to that, I had the distinct honor of being the State of Kansas Long-term Care Ombudsman for Southwest Kansas. My advocacy for your loved ones in our nursing homes and assisted living facilities provided a positive difference in each of their lives, and was a comfort to their families and friends.
Many of you will remember the impact my leadership as Executive Director of the Crisis Center made in the lives of our women and children in Dodge City and the seven surrounding counties.
I initiated Meadowlark House Child Advocacy Center during my leadership at the Crisis Center of Dodge City. This was that only child advocacy center between Denver, Colorado, and Wichita, Kansas. It pleases me to know Meadowlark House Child Advocacy continues to be vital in providing advocacy for our children’s safety and it is now an independent agency.
My training on the proper way to respond to abuse and sexual assault victims for law enforcement, judges, attorneys, physicians, and medical professionals had the distinction of Kansas University providing CEU’s upon completion of those taking my course.
I had the honor of serving the 119th District your State Representative in the 2003/2004 Legislative session, receiving the Howard Moses Public Servant award.
My dedication as the Administrator of the Great Plains Foundation, holding three seven symposia regarding water issues of the Ogallalah Aquifer resulted in their recognizing me with their Friend of Clean Water award.
My years as a professional life insurance agent provided me outstanding agent awards from both New York LIfe and Jackson National Life.
As a single parent and holding down three part-time jobs, I returned to college to receive my baccalaureate degree, which was bestowed on me in 1990 with an emphasis in marketing, minority and women’s studies at Wichita State University.
I graduated Magna cum Laude, as an Emory Lindquist Honors Student, and Phi Kappa Phi honor student.
Other tidbits about my Dodge City heritage
My Great-grandfather, Stanley Connaway, a homesteader in our county, served two terms as our Ford County Register of Deeds from 1898 – 1904, after which he became our Ford County Clerk, a position he held until his retirement in 1910.
My Grandfather Stanley Connaway was the Deputy Ford County Clerk beginning in 1911, serving in that position until 1917, when he became our very first City Clerk for Dodge City. The very first minutes recorded were written by him and you can go to City Hall and see the original minutes. He held this position until he was drafted into WWI.
My Grandmother Hattie Connaway, was our very dedicated Register of Deeds from 1932 – 1946.
My parents, Charles and Trudy Henry held many leadership positions in our community, always making a positive difference for others.
As you can see from my earlier comments, I, too, am a leader, advocate, and involved in our community. I pledge to represent in an unbiased manner and without selfish ambition.
I am asking you to vote for
Jan Scoggins City Commissioner!