Members on the Ethics Commission of the Unified Government

The new commissioners were selected to serve on the Ethics Commission for the Unified Government of Wyandotte County/Kansas City, Kansas by an Ad Hoc Ethics Commission Appointment Panel. The Ad Hoc Ethics Commission Appointment Panel is comprised of Robert P. Burns, Chief Judge of the Wyandotte County District Court; Mark A. Dupree Sr., District Attorney of Wyandotte County, and Thomas L. Wiss, Legislative Auditor of Wyandotte County. Ruth Benien, Ethics Administrator of the Unified Government, serves as staff to the Ethics Commission.

Patricia “Patty” Orth

a photo of Patricia Orth UG Ethics Commission Chairperson, and is a proud lifelong resident of Wyandotte County. She has been married to James Orth for nearly 50 years and to that union they have two wonderful children, James Jr. and Jennifer, and four grandchildren. Throughout her career she has worked at KCK Alcohol Safety Action Project, in the Unified Government’s Legal Department, and the 8th Street YMCA. She is the President of the Cathedral Neighborhood Association, a member of Liveable Neighborhoods, and a Corporate Board Member of Community Housing of Wyandotte County (CHWC).


Emily Cisneros

a photo of Emily Cisneros Was indoctrinated in service to her community at a young age as a lifelong resident of Wyandotte County. Her work ethic drove her to graduate Magna Cum Laude from Rockhurst University with a degree in accounting. She then proceeded to graduate with honors from Keller University where she obtained a Master of Business Administration. Currently she serves as a board member and Treasurer of her neighborhood watch group and chairs the annual neighborhood picnic. Additionally, she serves on District Attorney Dupree’s Community Liaison Board and Bishop Ward High School’s Board of Trustees.


Ian Tomasic

a photo of John J Bukaty Jr Is a lifelong resident of Wyandotte County committed to serving its citizens. Mr. Tomasic was a former Assistant District Attorney for the Wyandotte County District Attorney’s Office and now serves as Assistant Chief Counsel for the Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement. His experience both working and living in Wyandotte County provides a well-rounded perspective on the Ethics Commission. Mr. Tomasic also serves on the Board of Directors for The SWEL, a non-profit aimed at addressing the issues of PTSD and helping promote the health and wellness of First Responders.


Kimberley Partridge

a photo of Linda Brown A lifelong resident of Wyandotte County, has always had an interest in serving her community. She holds a master’s degree of Social Work from the University of Kansas and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Wichita State University. Kimberley has aligned her core values and interest in serving the community through her career and serving as Ethics Commissioner. Mrs. Partridge works as a Clinical Social Worker with a focus in healthcare. The nature of her profession requires her to develop expertise in ethics and professional codes of conduct.


Ricky Bragg

a photo of Ricky Bragg Holds a Doctor of Ministry with a concentration in ethics, a master’s degree in theology, and a master’s degree in divinity from the Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Mr. Bragg takes great interest in both civil and social issues concerning the community and has been a member of the KCK community since 2004. He currently serves as Senior Pastor at the Abundant Life Church in Kansas City, Kansas. Mr. Bragg is excited to combine his passions for ethics and politics while working on the Commission for the betterment of Wyandotte County.