Communications coordinator, Kingman County
Borst got to know the workings of Kingman County government so well as a newspaper editor that she decided to go to work for it.
It grew out of a great love a renewed love for this place because I've always loved this place because it's my home, she said.
Borst, 56, grew up in Kingman, where her family owned one of the chain of Calbert's department stores started by her great-grandfather.
His goal was to have a department store for each of his children. At one point there were six, she said.
Borst preferred writing to retail. She majored in journalism at the University of Kansas and spent three years working for the Topeka Capital-Journal before leaving that job to become a stay-at-home mom for her three children.
She continued to contribute articles to publications and started a desktop publishing business in 1986. For the last four years, she worked as managing editor of the Kingman Leader-Courier.
In 2010, as county residents were preparing to vote on a sales tax to fund road improvements, Borst wrote a series of articles that I think were helpful in getting the (tax) passed.
Community journalism is really neat and I enjoyed it.
Now county officials are asking residents to vote to raise the tax by a quarter-cent and extend its collection until 2040 to fund a law enforcement center. Helping promote that proposal will be among her duties, Borst said.
Outside work, Borst enjoys reading, cooking and spending time with her three sons and two grandchildren.