Russ has a career spanning 36 years of work in the field of criminal and juvenile justice. Russ has served as a deputy sheriff, director of the Southwest Kansas Regional Juvenile Detention Center, district magistrate judge in the 25th Judicial District of Kansas and as the Kansas Commissioner of Juvenile Justice. Russ has also been involved in numerous community and professional boards and organizations including service as a member of Kansas state boards that include: Criminal Justice Coordinating Council, Sex Offender Policy Board, Substance Abuse Policy Board, Youth Authority and the Advisory Group on Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.
Russ has received recognition for his work in the field of juvenile justice as the 2009 recipient of the Distinguished Service to Kansas Children award, Kansas Children’s Service League, 2009 Administrator of the Year, Council of Juvenile Corrections Administrators and the 2010 Alumnus of the Year Award from Leadership Kansas, a program of the Kansas Chamber of Commerce. Russ is a graduate of Friends University, Wichita, Kansas where he earned a BS degree in Human Resource Management.