Bourbon County provides a service for those who wish to be in the know about the weekly commission meetings but do not wish to come in person due to the COVID-19 Pandemic.
A YouTube channel was set up by Shane Walker, the information technology director.
YouTube is a video-sharing website on the internet.
“The (Bourbon County) YouTube channel is for nothing more than to broadcast the commission meetings during the pandemic,” Walker said. “We have a small area for meetings. It made sense to set it up so that citizens could view meetings without risk.”
” We are working hard to keep people safe and still allow us to do business for everyone and this is just another part of that effort,” he said.
YouTube will not be used election night because the system had to be taken down so that the Bourbon County Clerk could use the commission room for voting and election duties, he said.
“All Bourbon County employees have access, and can edit our web page and also our Facebook page,” Walker said. “All of our department heads have this ability to put information out to the public.”
The unofficial November 3, 2020 General Election results will be posted on the county website that evening when they have them, according to Kendell Mason, Bourbon County Clerk.
About the Bourbon County Information Technology Department. taken from its’ website:
Walker is the Director of Information Technology
The office is located in the Bourbon County Courthouse, 210 S National Ave., Office 12, Fort Scott, KS 66701
Contact: 620-223-3800 X127 or email at
The Bourbon County Information Technology Department provides services to county departments to aid in the effective delivery of IT services that support the business needs of the county. County information technology is a vital part of the organization, providing faster and better ways for our employees to do their jobs and for our residents to access our services. They continue to keep technology current and to work with members and management of all departments to provide the computing capabilities that are needed.
The vision is to enable each county department to better serve the public through the best and highest use of appropriate technology, using creative, progressive, and economical IT solutions with uncompromising quality, reliability, and efficiency.
To provide organizational and individual leadership in IT by researching, evaluating, planning, implementing, and supporting appropriate technologies, designed to assist county departments in accomplishing their visions and missions and to apply technology and best practices that make the delivery of government services affordable, efficient, accessible, and responsive to the citizens of Bourbon County.