TODAY WE TALK WITH – KEITH BECKER, COUNTY COMMISSIONER!
By William for www.mcpherson-county-ks.com
The People of McPherson County Kansas is a continued effort to make the citizens of McPherson County more aware of who the wheeler and dealers are that make the county, the communities within the county, the school districts within the county area and even many of the major businesses within the county tick as they do.
These are the PEOPLE THAT MAKE MCPHERSON COUNTY TICK!!
Today, the People of McPherson County will introduce you to one of those folks that makes the county itself operate as efficiently as it does.
Today we introduce you to KEITH BECKER – an elected member of the McPherson Board of County Commissioners (representing District 1) who is beginning his sixth year on the Board and his third as Chairman of the Board!
GETTING TO KNOW KEITH BECKER:
Keith Becker was born and raised on a farm northeast of Galva, Kansas, the same place at which he now resides at while maintaining the family farm.
What’s important to Becker is the farming which he has done full-time for 40-plus years while also being employed for Empire Township within McPherson County for 40-plus years and serving on other Boards that are important to him as well.
Farming has always been the Becker livelihood.
Becker notes that when he does have some free time he likes to hang out with his wife Esther (she is a retired educator who works as a para at Eisenhower Elementary in McPherson) and her children, his four daughters and their combined and growing number of grandchildren which now equals 15 according to Becker.
One of the highlights in life for Becker are those enjoyable times of sharing and conversing during family meals at the farm.
GETTING FROM THERE TO HERE:
Before getting to the point of serving as an elected member of the McPherson Board of County Commissioners, Keith Becker has served for many years in many other leadership capacities throughout the McPherson County with particular involvement in his home part of the county – the Canton and Galva area.
Among the leadership roles in which Becker has served include:
- Serving as a member of the Empire Township Board.
- Spending 15 years as a member of the Canton/Galva Board of Education, including 11 years serving as the Board’s President and Chief Negotiator.
- Serving on the Kansas Association of School Boards in Topeka as a Region V Vice-President.
- Spending 14 ½ years on the MKC (Mid-Kansas Co-op) Board of Directors.
- Serving on the Countryside Feed LLC Board.
- Currently serves as an MIDC (McPherson Industrial Development Company) representative for McPherson County.
- Currently serves on the Prairie View Advisory Board.
WHAT DOES BECKER ENJOY THE MOST ABOUT HIS JOB AS COMMISSIONER:
While Keith Becker states that his hard work ethic and determination have made him who he is today, he enjoys being passionate about representing and holding McPherson County with and to higher standards, progressive ideas, and traditional values.
Becker has always been one that is trustworthy, dependable, and very loyal, and his extremely proud to be a McPherson County citizen.
Using the knowledge which he has gained while serving on other Boards has been one of the honors Becker has found while serving as a County Commissioner.
He thoroughly enjoys making McPherson County the best it can be for today and will always work at using the limited tax dollars as efficiently as possible.
WHAT ARE THE MOST MEMORABLE PROJECTS AS A COUNTY COMMISSIONER?
Becker has never shied away from one of his favorite projects while serving as a County Commissioner, and that would be to continue working on improvement for the county infrastructure.
For the moment, that would be the current 911 system upgrades and helping to provide safe communities within the county.
Becker states that McPherson County is a vibrant county full of people with good ideas and opinions and that he believes our county is very fortunate to have a nucleus of innovative, energetic, knowledgeable citizens.
WHAT PROJECTS AND/OR IDEAS DOES BECKER HAVE AHEAD FOR THE COUNTY:
Becker is always looking ahead to see what educational needs the communities of McPherson County are striving for, as this has and always will be a priority for him as a member of the Board of County Commissioners.
One thing Becker points out is that the Commissioners are always striving to continue to create a good working environment for our present county employees and for the potential future employees of our county as well.
WHAT, IF ANY, HAVE BEEN THE MOST DIFFICULT THINGS ABOUT BEING COMMISSIONER:
Becker pointed out that although there are many great things that have been accomplished in the past few years within McPherson County, serving has not come without some challenges.
Among those challenges for Becker has been experiencing an increase of traffic through all areas of McPherson County, all which result in excessive damage to our county roads which then becomes a need for repairs and constant upkeep.
With any and all challenges that come while serving as a County Commissioner, Becker says he always reminds himself to listen to both sides and evaluate the situations with an objective ear.
WHAT PLANS OR HOPES DOES BECKER HAVE FOR THE FUTURE?
As for the future, while serving on the Board of County Commissioners, Becker hopes to continue to help create opportunities for growth in all areas of McPherson County.
To Becker, promoting economic growth throughout the whole county is very important, while seeing the small cities within our county thrive also adds to the health and vibrance of McPherson County.
There it is folks, an introduction and insight of not only a member of the McPherson County Board of Commissioners, but the Chairman of the Board – Mr. Keith Becker!
While some may see this as a bit of a rosy cover of Keith Becker and his duties and accomplishments, it is also a true look and commentary on the man who Becker is – living passionately for the people and communities of his home territory of McPherson County.
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