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Barbara Lilyhorn and Mike Mathews Recognized for Retirement from Reno County


By Reno County Kansas Government


RENO COUNTY, Kan. (June 12, 2024) — The Reno County Commission held their meeting this morning, June 12, 2024, in the Veterans Room at the courthouse. Barbara Lilyhorn, Director of Aging and Public Transportation, and Mike Mathews, Director of Information Technology were recognized as they are retiring from Reno County.  To view the meeting, go to  

Barbara Lilyhorn began her career with Reno County on April 5, 2010 as the Aging and Public Transportation Director. She has served in this capacity for the entirety of her career with Reno County. Barbara served for almost 20 years with the K-State Research and Extension office prior to coming to Reno County. Barbara has an extensive history of serving her community and has done so through her many roles within the community. Barbara leaves Reno County on June 24, 2024 to begin the next chapter of her life. During her time with Reno County, Barbara has been responsible for growing the services that Reno County provides to residents including many support services for the elderly population and coordinating the awnings for the bus stops. Thank you for the service that you have given to not only Reno County, but to the community of Reno County.

Mike Mathews began his career with Reno County as a Field Appraiser for the Reno County Appraiser’s Office on March 26, 1990. During his tenure in the Appraiser’s office, he held the positions of Residential Appraisal Coordinator, and GIS Manager. On August 1, 1998, Mike was appointed to the Information Services Manager under the County Commission. Mike served under the County Commission until December 26, 1999 when the Commission moved IT into its own department and Mike was named as the Information Services Director. Mike was the only member of the Information Services department for 2-3 years until he was approved to hire his first support staff member. Information Services now has 7 staff members and has been renamed to be the Information Technology Department. Mike has served the County in a manner to be proud of and will be leaving after 34 years of service. Mike’s last day will be on June 24th, 2024. Reno County thanks Mike for his service to the organization and to the community.

The next scheduled meeting for the Commission will be at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, June 26, 2024, in the Veterans Room of the Reno County Courthouse, 206 West First Avenue. Go to to see commission agendas and documents.