Governor-elect Kelly announces secretary of corrections, adjutant general

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Laura Kelly

In this Dec. 17, 2018 photo, Kansas Gov.-elect Laura Kelly answers questions during an interview with The Associated Press, at the Statehouse in Topeka, Kan. The incoming Democratic governor says her administration will have to do “triage” on problems at state agencies and that fixing them will require extra money and staff. (AP Photo/John Hanna)

Gov.-elect Laura Kelly plans to put a former corrections secretary back in charge of the Kansas prison system and have a military doctor run the state health department.

The incoming Democratic governor also plans to temporarily retain the state’s top emergency management official under her Republican predecessors.

Kelly announced Tuesday that Roger Werholtz will be interim secretary of corrections. Werholtz was secretary from 2002 to 2010.

She also said Maj. Gen. Lee Tafanelli will remain as adjutant general to ensure a smooth transition in his department. The adjutant oversees the Emergency Management Division and commands the Kansas National Guard.

Kelly said Lt. Col. and Dr. Lee Norman will serve as interim secretary of health and environment. He is the Army’s medical liaison to the adjutant general.

Kelly takes office Monday.
 

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