About Us


J. Richard Godfrey began the firm in Liberal, Kansas as a branch office of the Hutchinson, Kansas firm of Bartlett, Settle & Edgerle in June 1967.  On July 1, 1973, Mr. Godfrey and J.H. Hay purchased the firm and formed Godfrey & Hay, Chartered.  Stephen Rice joined the firm as a stockholder in 1981.  The name of the firm was subsequently changed to Godfrey, Hay & Rice in 1988 and then in 1996 to Hay Rice & Associates.  Craig Hay joined the firm as a stockholder in 1992 and Rodney Hay and Dustin Ormiston joined in 2002.


Our staff takes an active role in various community, church and professional organizations.  We take pride in our community and are active members of the Liberal Kiwanis, Lions and Rotary Clubs, Seward County Community College Area Technical College Board of Trustees and the Liberal Chamber of Commerce.  We enjoy helping our youth through the Kid's Inc. program, the Liberal High School and SCCC Booster Clubs and the Liberal Bee Jay Baseball Program.  We are also involved with Non-Profit organizations such as Seward County United Way, Baker Arts Center, College for Life with Mosaic and charitable activities through PEO and Beta Sigma Phi.  Our certified staff are members of the America Institute of Certified Public Accountants and of the Kansas Society of Certified Public Accountants

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