Hipp thanked for his legal advisory work



The Barton County commission on Monday morning recognized Carey Hipp for her services as a county councilor. She had held the post since 2017, but did not seek another year as a counselor after being elected a district judge for the 20th Judicial District last November.

“She turned out to be a dedicated public servant,” said county administrator Phil Hathcock, handing her a hammer. “Personally, I have really enjoyed working with Carey over the past two years. “

“I appreciated that you gave me a chance,” Hipp said. She was originally from Ellsworth and relatively unknown, but she was offered the job anyway.

The commissioners took turns thanking her for her efforts and wishing her good luck in her new endeavor.

On December 17, the commission awarded a contract to Pat Hoffman as a new advisor at a cost of $ 4,000 per month for a one-year contract. Under the proposal, Hoffman will provide legal services required by state law. The functions of the Attorney General are specifically excluded.

He works for Ellsworth’s Sherman, Hoffman and Hoffman law firm, the same firm Hipp worked for.

Hipp was hired as an independent contractor in January 2017 for a six-month contract which was renewed in July for an additional six months. It was renamed for one year in January 2018.

The 20th Judicial District includes the counties of Barton, Ellsworth, Rice, Russell and Stafford. Hipp ran for one of three district judge positions that must be filled by a lawyer residing outside Barton County.

Hipp attended Goodland High School and graduated from Fort Hays State University and Oklahoma University School of Law. She is a life resident of Kansas.

She is a partner at Sherman, Hoffman & Hipp LC and has worked for Ellsworth for 18 years. She has also served as a district attorney / attorney for Ellsworth, Kanopolis and Holyrood.

She is married to Scott Hipp, who grew up on his family’s farm outside of Odin. They have three children, Elizabeth, Benjamin and Andrew.


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