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For Immediate Release
September 2, 2020
Kate Flavin


Two Senior-Level Public Safety Positions Filled

(Sedgwick County, Kan.) – Sedgwick County selects Dr. Shelly Steadman to lead Regional Forensic Science Center. Steadman previously served as interim. Additionally, Julie Stimson has filled the role of Emergency Management Director with Emergency Management.                                      

Steadman has roughly 22-years of service to Sedgwick County, and approximately 20-years serving as the Biology/DNA Laboratory Manger. She earned her B.S. in Biology and B. A. in Chemistry from Newman University. Steadman earned an M.S. in Biology from Wichita State University. She completed her Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Strathclyde, Centre for Forensic Science (Glasgow Scotland), while working full time. 

During her 20-years of service to the County, Steadman has had the opportunity to work on many high profile cases, including the BTK serial murder investigation and has provided expert witness testimony over 100 times. 

Stimson is a retired Air Force Veteran with 13 years of military public health experience. Most recently she was the Associate Director of Safety and Emergency Management for the KU School of Medicine in Wichita. She has a master’s degree in Emergency and Disaster Management and is currently working to complete a Ph.D. in Emergency Management.

She has experience working with multiple volunteer agencies including the Medical Reserve Corps during a measles outbreak in Sedgwick County; American Red Cross during the 2016 Eureka, KS tornado and the 2016 Mulvane flood; Team Rubicon during the Linwood, KS tornado and at the Sedgwick County COVID-19 drive through sampling site.