David McKune

David McKune served as the Warden of Lansing Correctional Facility/Kansas State Penitentiary for 21 years. Prior to that, he was the former Director of the Johnson County Juvenile Services Center until he retired in December 2015.

In his position as Warden, he had management responsibility for 2,500 clients, 1,000 staff, 120 buildings, 3,500 acres and an annual operating budget of approximately $38 million. As Director of Juvenile Services, he had 40 clients, 100 staff and an annual operating budget of approximately $4 million.

In addition, in these positions he negotiated procurement contracts for services to include medical, mental health, electronic media, and food service totaling over $20 million.

In addition to effectively working in these public agencies, David has served on numerous local and state boards including the Johnson County Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative (chair), Johnson County Children’s Coordinating Council, Johnson County Trauma Informed Care Task Force, and the Kansas Health Policy Authority Advisory Council. David has also served on the national level as a Commissioner of the American Correctional Association Commission of Accreditation, member of the National Law Enforcement Corrections Technology Center Technology Assessment Committee, and as a national correctional quality and standards compliance auditor conducting over 150 audits for local, state, federal, and private facilities. These activities have directly led to creating safer environments and evidence-based treatment in numerous adult and juvenile residential centers and the creation of successful alternatives to incarcerating our youth while maintaining their safety and the public safety.



David earned his B.A. in Sociology from McPherson College and his M.A. in Administration of Justice from Wichita State University. His professional articles and presentations include topics of ethics, volunteerism, and use of technology in changing management practices and organizational culture.

Contact David at DMckune@VitalCoreHS.com or 785-246-6840.

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