Randall Partington, County Administrator
"I want Finney County to be an innovative and professional local government that provides good services to our citizens and always looks to the future."
Randy, as he's better known around here, grew up in Great Bend and moved to Finney County in 2007 to work as the Finney County Human Resources Director and the Assistant County Administrator.
He was appointed to his current position by the County Commission in 2010.
It is Randy's job to oversee the general governmental affairs of the County, and ensure that direction from the Commission is carried out across the departments. This includes proposing new policies, managing changes in the organization, hiring personnel, developing and coordinating the budget, and creating a strategic plan for all County operations.
He directly supervises nine department directors and supports five elected officials in reaching the common goals of the County. His biggest accomplishments include helping to oversee the formation of the Finney County Community Services Center, passing beneficial, countywide sales tax, and watching his fellow department directors grow as leaders.
"My favorite thing about Finney County is that we're a growth-oriented organization and community. It's nice to live in a place that is growing and stays progressive."
Randy received his undergraduate degree in political science from Kansas State University and earned a Master's Degree in Public Administration from Wichita State University.
While raising two sons here in Finney County, Randy also enjoys running and practicing karate in his spare time.
Darlene Lucas, Director of Human Resources (HR)
"My goal is to help Finney County provide fair and equitable wages to our employees and create a culture of positive employee engagement."
|Darlene is from Satanta, Kansas and currently resides in Haskell County, neighbor to Finney.|
She began her career with Finney County as the HR Director in 2012.
Darlene directly supervises two employees while managing employee relations, recruitment, retention, training, payroll, and benefits. Since she provides support to department directors in administrative functions and personnel, Darlene wants employees and citizens to know they can approach her with their concerns. She cares about solving problems.
Since arriving in Finney County, Darlene is proud to see the centralized, organized process that is now the standard of the HR department.
"My favorite thing about working for Finney County is seeing the tax dollars reach every stage of life, from women's health to the Senior Center, and everything sprinkled in between - I feel good about being a part of that."
Darlene earned her Master's Degree in Organizational Psychology. She currently serves as the President of the Society for Human Resources (SHRM) Southwest Kansas chapter, served as regional director on the state SHRM council, and holds two human resources certifications.
Darlene is an avid reader, a 1970's rock concert fanatic, and she's crazy in love with her three granddaughters who live here in Finney County.