Members on the Ethics Commission for the Unified Government

The purpose of the Ethics Commission is to recommend ways to improve the Unified Government’s Ethics Code, to review and report on any and all violations of the Code of Ethics, to render advisory opinions on questions of ethics, conflicts of interest and the applicability of the Code of Ethics. The appointees are Wyandotte County residents who will serve a four-year term.

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.

Ricky Bragg

a photo of Ricky Bragg UG Ethics Commission Chairperson and 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.

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.

Adrianne E. Ford

a profile picture of Adrianne E. Ford. Earned a doctoral degree in philosophy from Saint Louis University, a master’s degree in business administration from Benedictine College, and a bachelor’s degree in human development from University of Saint Mary. Ms. Ford is an Associate Professor at the University of Saint Mary. She teaches Bible study to USM students and is currently a member of three Faculty Senate Committees—Faculty Development, Honors and Graduate Council. Ms. Ford is excited to combine her passion of evaluating and championing ethics while working on the Commission for the betterment of Wyandotte County.

Joseph I. Wittman

a profile picture of Joseph I. WittmanA resident of Wyandotte County since 2017, has been involved with ethics issues and education for the past 30+ years. He earned doctoral degree in law from Washburn University, and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Kansas. Mr. Wittman is a practicing attorney as well as a judge pro tem in Topeka municipal court. Continued ethics training is a requirement of Mr. Wittman’s private law practice and believes his professional experience would make him an asset to the Unified Government Ethics Commission.