Kansas Department of Corrections Announces New Superintendent for Kansas Juvenile Corrections Complex


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TOPEKA, Kan. – Kansas Department of Corrections (KDOC) Secretary Jeff Zmuda announced today that Angela McHardie has been selected as the superintendent of the Kansas Juvenile Corrections Complex (KJCC). McHardie will begin her new role on December 14.

“KJCC provides a safe and secure environment for young people to address personal issues and gain the skills they need to go on to live successful and productive lives,” Secretary Zmuda said. “Angela’s experience working at various levels in the juvenile justice system makes her a great fit to assume the responsibilities of superintendent.”

McHardie most recently served as deputy director of the Shawnee County Department of Corrections, serving in this role in both the adult and juvenile divisions since 2007. With a total of 22 years of experience with Shawnee County DOC, McHardie’s responsibilities have included security, unit supervision and division management for the juvenile division prior to her promotion to deputy director. She is also a member of the Kansas Advisory Group on Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.

She earned a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Washburn University, Topeka, and a master’s in public administration from the University of Kansas, Lawrence.

KJCC is located on approximately 60 acres in northwest Topeka, Kansas. The east campus serves male residents and the west campus serves female residents. The facility has an operational capacity of 270 residents.

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Derek Nester
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Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2021 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.

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