Owings enjoyed more than three decades working at Sheriff’s Office

By SCOTT AUST, FCEDC Director of Communications

Editor’s Note: This story is part of a series recognizing Finney County employees who retired in 2017.

Kayra Owings, 54, retired from the warrant and fugitive division at the Finney County Sheriff’s Office on August 11 after 31 and a half years.

“I loved my job. I loved working with the inmates, the attorneys, the court, the people I worked with and the public,” she said.

Owings, who grew up on a farm in Satanta, said joining the Sheriff’s Office was an accident. She had been working a temp job elsewhere when she heard they were taking applications for receptionists so she applied figuring she’d work there until she found a “real” job.

Owings worked in the front office for 10 years, then did clerical work in the warrant and fugitive division.

She decided it was a good time to retire from the county while she is still able to do something else for the next 15 years. Immediately after retiring, Owings began working for Lifetouch Studios as a school photographer.

“I just love to take pictures. I’ve taken senior pictures for friends and family for years,” she said.

Owings said she will still work seasonal-part time as needed for the sheriff’s office, and considers it a good career.

“It’s something that will never be taken over by computers. There will always be a need for public service,” she said.

Owings other interests include working with youth at the Holcomb Baptist Church where she plays the piano every Sunday, and giving piano lessons.