Over the past 30 years, the Kansas Federal Public Defender office has grown in size, scope, and skill due in large part to one person: Bec, our Administrative Officer extraordinaire. When Bec first came to work for the Kansas FPD in 1987, we were a scrappy office of 8 employees. Today we number 44. She built the FPD.
She calls herself a bean counter. In truth, she is a public defender in every sense of the word. We can walk into court and represent our clients because Bec makes sure we have the resources and structure we need. Bec supports and protects us, and our clients, in ways we don't even know. The wheels turn, and keep turning, every day because of Bec.
And we are not the only beneficiaries of Bec's wisdom and patience. Over the years she has trained and advised defender offices across the country.
Bec has outlasted lawyers, judges, office relocations, sequestration, and our worst fashion choices. She brings order to our chaos, reason to our frivolity.
The amazing thing is that despite 30 years of this she is (or at least seems to us) far too young and essential to retire. And yet that is what she is going to do.
Bec: Thank you, to infinity, thank you. You have more than earned your escape. Our hearts are broken and we will miss you. But we can't wait to see what you do next. Bon voyage!