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St. Francis attorney appointed to state board


TOPEKA -- Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback announced recent appointments to boards and commissions.

Kevin Berens, St. Francis, has been reappointed to a two-year term on the Kansas Sentencing Commission.

The commission consists of 17 statutory members, six of which are appointed by the governor. The commission's mission is to develop post-implementation monitoring procedures and reporting methods to evaluate guideline sentences; to advise and consult with the secretary of corrections and members of the legislature in developing a mechanism to link guidelines sentence practices with correctional resources and policies; and to consult with and advise the legislature with reference to implementation, management, monitoring, maintenance and operations of the sentencing guidelines system.

Berens earned a bachelor's degree from Fort Hays State University and a juris doctor degree from Washburn University School of Law. He serves as the city attorney for Bird City and as Thomas County Attorney. He also maintains a private law practice, Berens Law Firm Ltd.