R. Kelly Roberts
Mr. R. Kelly Roberts accepted new responsibilites in the fall of 2012 as the Administrative Officer (AO) of the Northern Plains Agricultural Research Laboratory (NPARL) in Sidney, Montana.
Mr. Roberts is a veteran of the U.S. Air Force with extensive experience in administrative and financial procedures from serving 24 years in the military in addition to 9 years of providing administrative assistance in financial planning. He received many medals for various achievements while enlisted before retiring as a decorated non-commissioned officer in the Air force.
After embracing many duties within his military career in a variety of locations worldwide, he and his wife, Ivy, were able to live stateside in Hampton, Virginia, for the last three years of his enlisted service (1995-1998). Here, he was manager and superintendent of the Command Conference Center, where day-to-day operations were administered to in addition to managing a staff of seven enlisted personnel.
Following his successful military career (1978-1998) Mr. Roberts was an office manager and executive administrative assistant with a financial network in Seattle, Washington, from May 1998 through February 2007. Here he exemplified the term 'customer service' to both fellow workers and customers in all aspects of personal financial planning. He was an integral part of making any office a step above the rest and continuously demonstrated high expectations in any office he held.
Mr. Roberts continues to be active in the City of Sidney Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture since completing the Leadership Course in May 2010 and has since served on the Leadership Task Force Committee and mentored current participants through the program.
Mr. Roberts acquired his new duties on September 23, 2012, after serving more than 5 years as NPARL's Purchasing Agent. Prior to becoming the AO, he received his $10,000 contracting warrant shortly after his one year anniversary at the Sidney location in September 2008 and powered ahead to increase the contracting warrant to $25,000 in August 2009. About that same time he also became the LAPC in July 2009. By 2010 he was serving as Purchasing Agent and LAPC to the Livestock and Range Research Laboratory (LARRL) in Miles City, Montana, in addition to his home-based location.