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Gary E. Steed
Executive Director

KSCPOST Executive Director Gary Steed began his law enforcement career in 1974 with the Sedgwick County, Kansas,  Sheriff’s Office  where he served for twenty-seven years as a deputy and retired in 2008 after serving eight years as the elected Sheriff. Steed worked two years as a Senior Program Manager for the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center where he coordinated in-service training throughout the state. He then worked one year as an Investigator for the Kansas Commission on Peace Officers’ Standards and Training before becoming the Interim Executive Director in 2012. While serving as Sheriff,  Steed was appointed as a Commissioner to the KSCPOST. Steed has a bachelor’s  degree from Wichita State University and is a graduate of the FBI National Academy (231st Session), Southern Police Institute Administrative Officer’s Course,  the National Sheriff’s Institute and both the FBI and FBI Central States Law Enforcement Executive Development Programs. 

Commission Counsel Michelle Meier

Michelle R. Meier
Commission Counsel

Michelle R. Meier began her legal career in 2002 in the Pittsburg, KS area. During that time Michelle handled Child in Need of Care cases, criminal cases, family law matters, and worked as a certified Mediator.

Beginning in 2007, Michelle served as a Prosecutor for the City of Wichita where she prosecuted misdemeanor crimes that included Domestic Violence, DUI, drug crimes, theft, and prostitution. She also assisted with the development and implementation of the first Mental Health Court in the state of Kansas. Michelle joined the staff at CPOST as legal counsel in 2016.

Michelle has a Bachelor of Arts in English and Psychology from the University of Kansas. She graduated from the University of Kansas School of Law in 2002. Michelle is licensed to practice in Kansas and Missouri.

Administrative Assistant Rose Ohmart

Rose Ann Ohmart
Sr. Administrative Assistant

Administrative Assistant Rose Ann Ohmart was hired with KSCPOST in December 2014.  She retired from the Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office with over 20 years of experience as an Administrative Assistant and Administrative Specialist.  During this time she was assigned to the detention bureau, Professional Standards Unit and the Investigations Division.  Rose Ann’s duties at CPOST include assisting the Executive Director in meetings and other administrative support functions, correspondence and budget preparation, purchasing, time and leave reporting, and human resource responsibilities.

Office Assistant Eva Smith

Eva Smith
Office Assistant

Office Assistant Eva Smith began working for KSCPOST in July of 2017. Eva has over 7 years of experience working as an Administrative Professional. Prior to her work at CPOST, she primarily worked in education, accounting, and front office operations. Eva's essential duties at CPOST include assisting in maintaining the Central Registry via entering various training and employment reports and supporting the Administrative Assistant in general office functions.    

Matt Deffner

Matthew Deffner
Central Registry Manager

Central Registry Manager Matt Deffner began working with KSCPOST as a Staff and Technical Support Specialist. While working as staff support, he assisted and learned the intricacies of maintaining the Central Registry. In Novemeber of 2010, he took the full duties of the Central Registry Manager and works with law enforcement agencies to help keep rosters and training records current and accurate. Matt Deffner also maintains the KSCPOST website. He graduated from Wichita State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing.

Investigator Don Read

Don Read
Special Investigator

Investigator Don Read began his career in 1986 at the Cowley County Sheriff’s Office as a Deputy Sheriff. Throughout his career, he served as Corporal, Lieutenant, Captain, Drug Task Force Investigator and Undersheriff. In 2008 he was elected Sheriff and served two terms before retiring in January of 2017. Don holds two Associates Degrees, General Studies and Criminal Justice from Cowley College, a Bachelor’s Degree from Friends University in Human Resource Management and a Master’s Degree in Business Administrative from Southwestern College.

Don served as a Police Instructor in Bosnia from June of 1998 through June of 1999. He was a Criminal Justice Adjunct Instructor at Cowley College for several years. He is also a licensed Substitute Teacher for K through 12 for U.S.D. 465 in Winfield, Kansas. He is graduate of the FBI National Academy (225th Session), Central States Law Enforcement Development Program and the National Sheriff’s Institute. Don joined the staff at KSCPOST as an investigator in June of 2017.

Investigator Michael Oliver

Michael Oliver
Special Investigator

Investigator Michael Oliver began his law enforcement career in 1977 and worked with the Reno County Sheriff’s Office, the Hesston Police Department and retired from the Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office. While with Sedgwick County, Mike moved up through the ranks and served as a Deputy, Detective, Sergeant, Lieutenant, Captain and the Major in charge of law enforcement operations. 

Mike holds an Associate’s Degree in Police Science from Hutchinson Community College, a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Friends University and is a graduate of the Southern Police Institute, Class #108. Mike also graduated from the Central States Law Enforcement Executive Development program, the Mini MPA program through Wichita State University and Leadership Wichita.


Investigator George Brown

George Brown
Special Investigator


Investigator George Brown began his law enforcement career in 1981 and worked for Mulvane Police Department, McPherson Police Department, Allen County Sheriff's Office and retired from the Ford County Sheriff's Office in 2015. George worked as a Patrolman, Deputy Sheriff, Investigator and Undersheriff. While at the Ford County Sheriff's Office, George developed the Crimes Against Children's Unit and became a specialist in investigating crimes against children and internet crimes. In 2011, he was awarded Medal of Merit for bringing the Ford County Sheriff's Office to the leading edge of detection, apprehension and prosecution of child sex offenders.

Investigator Bruce Mellor

Bruce Mellor
Special Investigator

Investigator Bruce Mellor began his law enforcement career in 1968 and has worked with the Kingman Police Department, Kingman County Sheriff's Office, Harvey County Sheriff's Office, Kansas Attorney General and the Kansas Bureau of Investigation (KBI). Bruce has worked as a Patrolman, Deputy Sheriff,, Investigator, Undersheriff, and Special Agent. After 36 years of service with the KBI, Bruce retired in 2017 as a Special Agent in Charge.

Bruce attended Wichita State University, graduated from the FBI National Academy (127th Class) and FBI Central States Law Enforcement Executive Development Program. Bruce is a life member of the Kansas Peace Officers' Association and career long member of the Kansas Sheriff's Association.

Updated September 13, 2019