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Cowley Extension Council

The Cowley County Extension Council is comprised of 24 county members that are elected to four Program Development Areas. The four program areas are Agriculture, Family & Consumer Sciences, 4-H Youth Development, and Community Development. Below is a table listing the 2018 Cowley County Extension Council Members. Elections are held each fall for 12 of these positions. Each person serves a two year term. View this video to learn more about Program Development Committees.

2019 Extension Council 

4-H Youth Development      Family & Consumer Sciences      Agriculture and Natural Resources      Community Development   
Jessie BradleyRuth BumgarnerJustin BrazleWill Abernathy
Craig DepenbuschJanet DavidsonPhillip BruceBrian Biddle
Angie KreppsLiz LawrenceRuss GottlobJames Jirak
Amanda MuglerStephanie MackeyMike LegakoGrady Martin
Sarah TatumRocio PeirceDaryl LongCraig Pringle
Brett ThomsonJulie SwansonBill MuellerSarah Werner

Nine members from the Extension Council are elected each year at the annual meeting to serve on the Cowley County Extension Council Executive Board.  The Executive Board meets monthly and conducts the business of the Extension Office.  They oversee the financial aspects of the Extenison office as well as employ agents to staff the office.  The Executive Board is comprised of  a chairman, vice chairman, secretary, treasurer and 5 members.  All four program development committees must be represented on the Executive Board.  


2019 Extension Council Executive Board 

Chair - Mike Legako
Vice Chair - James Jirak
Treasurer - Bill Mueller
Secretary - Stephanie Mackey
Members - Will Abernathy, Jessie Bradley, Phillip Bruce, Julie Swanson, Brett Thomson

In 2019, monthly Extension Council Executive Board meetings have been scheduled for the first Tuesday of the month at 5:30 p.m. at the Cowley County Courthouse, Extension Assembly Room.  Location and date may change, please call (620) 221-5450 to confirm.

2020 Extension Council Election

The 2020 Extension Council Election will be held Saturday, November 23 at 4:30 p.m. in Winfield, KS.  The Extension Council Election is open to all registered voters who reside in Cowley County.

*Denotes Incumbent


4-H Youth Development Candidates


Family and Consumer Sciences CandidatesAgriculture and Natural Resources CandidatesCommunity Development Candidates

*Brett Thomson


Laura Heger


*Phillip Bruce

Arkansas City

Beau Bailey


*Jessie Bradley


Julie Wilson


*Bill Mueller


Jamie McGee

Arkansas City

Todd Shepherd

Arkansas City

Kim Peri

Arkansas City

Nick Bowman


Rose Anstine

Arkansas City

Sonya Martin


Ruth Bumgarner


Will Tatum

Arkansas City


Jessica Jones




Annual Meeting/Reports

 2017 Annual Meeting - December 7, 2017

2016 Annual Meeting - December 1, 2016



Co-Wordmark Policy (9/20/2017)

Cowley County 4-H Volunteer Screening Policy (9/7/2017)

Cowley County 4-H Financial Policy (9/4/2014)

Grievance Request (Rev. 4/3/2018)

Public Comment Policy (11/2013)

Grant Request Policy (7/2013, 1/2014)

Vehicle Use Policy (11/30/11)

Trailer Use Policies - Shooting Sports Trailer (5/23/07) & 4-H Fair Trailer (4/25/07)

Transportation to Events Policy (2007)

Use of Technology Equipment Policy (2007)

PA System Policy (2007)