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AG Derek Schmidt names new head of crime victims compensation division

Release Date: Jun 27, 2019

TOPEKA – (June 27, 2019) – A Kansas City victims services advocate will be the new director of the state’s crime victims compensation program, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt announced today.

The attorney general has appointed Kristen Czugala, of Kansas City, Kansas, director of the crime victims compensation division in the attorney general’s office.

“Kristen is an experienced and respected victims services advocate in Kansas,” Schmidt said. “I am grateful that she has agreed to join our team and lead our crime victims compensation division in the important work of providing victims of violent crimes the financial assistance they need.”

Czugala succeeds Jeff Wagaman, who was appointed and confirmed as Kansas Securities Commissioner earlier this year.

Czugala is a Kansas City area native and has been involved with victims services advocacy for more than a decade. She has served as the program supervisor for the Kansas City Kansas Police Department’s Victim Services Unit since 2015, previously having served as a victims advocate on the unit for seven years. Czugala is a graduate of Kansas State University with a bachelor of science in sociology and a masters of arts in sociology.

The crime victims compensation division houses the Kansas Crime Victims Compensation Board, which meets monthly to review and determine whether to approve applications from victims for financial assistance for loss of earnings and out-of-pocket loss for injuries sustained as a direct result of violent crime.

Czugala will join the attorney general’s office on July 22.

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