Kansas Sentencing Commission Welcomes New Staff Attorney

May 08, 2019
photo of Chris Lyon

Christopher Lyon has joined the Kansas Sentencing Commission as its staff attorney on a part-time basis. He will also continue in his positions as the Trego County Attorney, Hays Municipal Prosecutor, and WaKeeney Municipal Prosecutor. He replaces Francis Givens, who took a full-time position in Kansas City.

Mr. Lyon served as Assistant Ellis County Attorney from 2014-2018 and Trego County Attorney from 2017 to present. Lyon is the current President of the Ellis County Bar Association.

Lyon has prosecuted high profile public corruption crimes, drug crimes and person victim crimes. Lyon served as an advisor to the Ellis County Drug Enforcement Unit from 2014-2018 and is certified by U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Bureau of Justice Assistance for Adult Drug Court Planning.

Lyon received his Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of Dallas. In 2006, Lyon left the private sector to serve in the United States Army, where he was stationed at Fort Riley. Lyon served two tours of duty in Iraq, the first in Baghdad (2008-09) with the First Infantry Division, and the second in Mosul (2010-11), with the First Cavalry Division. Lyon received numerous medals and accolades including two Army Commendation Medals and five Army Achievement Medals. Using the G.I. Bill, Lyon left the Army in 2011 to study law at Washburn University in Topeka.

Lyon and his wife, Emily, are members of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Hays, and have four children, Peter, five; Helen, four; Esther, two; and Thomas, one. He is also a member of the Kiwanis Club, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, and the Knights of Columbus.

He may be contacted at christopher.lyon@ks.gov.