TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - The longtime voice for the Kansas Judicial branch is stepping down.
Ron Keefover announced Wednesday that he will retire as the Judiciary's public information officer, effective September 13th. He informed the Justices of his decision a day earlier.
Keefover has held the position 32 years. During that time, the former newspaper reporter developed media-friendly summaries of court decisions and oversaw implementation of cameras in courtrooms.
Keefover said it was his goal to promote openness in the courts.
Ron Keefover's letter to the Justices:
TO: Justices of the Supreme Court
FROM: Ron Keefover
RE: My Retirement
I write this note to you after much thought and with gratitude for having served as the judiciary’s PIO these past 32-plus years. So, without “burying the lead” further, I am announcing my retirement effective at the close of business September 13, 2013.
In doing so, I look back on the years with pride as being a small part of one of the leading court systems in the country. Throughout the years, the constant for me has been this Court’s willingness to implement a wide variety of programs to promote openness and transparency in the courts. Among the innovations the Court has implemented during my tenure have been media advisories regarding the matters on the Court’s dockets, the drafting of media-friendly summaries of appeals on decision day, the rule permitting cameras and electronic devices in the courtroom, the live and archived broadcast of audio (at first) and then audio and video, assisting district judges with high profile trials, presenting judges and journalists trainings and similar outreach programs designed to bridge the gap between the courts and the media.
I have appreciated the reins I was given to try to do my part to make the system a little better upon leaving than when I came on board that blustery March day in 1981.