Pott. County Commissioners approve funding for new director of Child Advocacy Center

Elisabeth Slay
The Shawnee News-Star

After weeks of discussion Pottawatomie County Commissioners approved to provide funding for District Attorney Allan Grubb's Office to hire Kayxandra Koonce as the new Executive Director of the Child Advocacy Center (CAC).

According to District 2 Commissioner Randy Thomas, Koonce will begin her position on Jan. 3.

"I think she is someone who can make this program a shining star of the state," Thomas said.

The CAC, which is operated by Grubb's office, provides services to assist children in cases involving child abuse or child sexual abuse.

Thomas said Koonce's salary will be $80,000 a year and it will be paid for with Use Tax money.

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The decision for commissioners to fund the position and the DA's Office to hire Koonce comes months after commissioners and other county agency leaders discussed the status of the CAC and the possibility to temporarily suspending services.

Thomas said commissioners decided the county must, and will, continue to provide CAC services to those who need them.

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Note: This article was edited to reflect that the Pottawatomie County Commissioners approved to fund the CAC executive director position and that District Attorney Allan Grubb hired Kayxandra Koonce as the new CAC executive director.