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Office of Public Affairs

Welcome to the Office of Public Affairs. The office is charged with executing internal and external communications for the Department of Administration, including contact with media, assisting with Kansas Open Records Act requests and coordinating with other agency public information officers. The agency publishes a monthly newsletter, Connected, that is distributed to all Department of Administration employees.

The office also serves as the legislative liaison between the agency and the Kansas Legislature. The office works with legislators, the governor's office and other state agencies on policy matters and provides information to help guide decisions.

South Steps FridaysIn addition, the Office of Public Affairs coordinates the annual South Steps Fridays at the Kansas Statehouse. The event, complete with live music, provided through a partnership with the University of Kansas School of Music and Reach Out Kansas, and a variety of informational displays, provides a venue for visiting the beautiful and historic Kansas Statehouse and kick off the weekend. Learn about exciting and diverse Kansas attractions and organizations. Events are held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. every other Friday from the end of May until early August.  The events and space for providing information booths are free of charge.

Contact:
John Milburn, Director of Legislative and Public Affairs, 785.296.6866

Visiting Topeka
If you are planning a trip to Topeka to visit the Kansas Statehouse or other state office buildings, you can download a copy of the map of the area, including a location of state agencies housed in the Capitol Complex. Enjoy your visit. 

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News releases

Clark Confirmed as Secretary of Administration

Oct 22, 2013
September 9, 2013

TOPEKA – The Kansas Senate last week confirmed Kansas native and former business executive Jim Clark as Secretary of the Kansas Department of Administration.

Following bipartisan support in the Senate Confirmation Oversight Committee, the Senate voted 40-0 to approve Governor Sam Brownback’s pick to lead the agency that oversees many of state government’s administrative activities, including payroll, purchasing, printing, facilities management and personnel services.

Clark, who was born in Ness City, raised in Wichita and worked in Kansas his entire life, offers vast experience in his new role. A practicing Certified Public Accountant, Clark participated in the audits, review of filings with the Securities & Exchange Commission and other client services for clients including, Beech Aircraft, Learjet, the Coleman Company and Pizza Hut, Inc. He was also director of finance for Pizza Hut. Much of Clark’s experience is in the utilities industry.

Clark was responsible for all accounting functions for Kansas Gas and Electric, including cost control functions during the construction of the Wolf Creek Nuclear Plant. In the early 1990’s, as vice president of Westar, he was responsible for integrating the internal audit departments of Kansas Gas & Electric and Kansas Power and Light following the merger of the two companies. He later managed the information systems and telecommunications department for Westar and its subsidiaries from 1995 to 1997. In 1997, Clark moved to Oneok as vice president of Kansas Gas Service, where he managed the accounting, legal and management information systems of the company as well as their interface with Oneok’s systems. He retired from Oneok in 2001.

Upon retirement from Oneok, Clark has consulted and remained active with the Kansas Society of Certified Public Accountants. He and his wife Mary Ann have four adult children and nine grandchildren.

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