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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

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Pin Ceremony honors 40 and 50 year employees of the state

Sep 15, 2014

Governor Sam Brownback joined with the Kansas Department of Administration on Friday, Sept. 12, in honoring more than 100 state employees who have served the state for more than 40 years.

Brownback and KDOA Secretary Jim Clark awarded an official service pin celebrating the longevity of each honoree who completed either 40 or 50 years of service during the past fiscal year 2014. The ceremony, held in the first floor rotunda of the Statehouse in Topeka, brought together employees from the three branches of government.

pin ceremony 50 year honoreesBrownback shared a quote by Mother Teresa, in which she said we will most be remembered for the people we have loved, and the people who have loved us.

“You have loved a lot of people in your careers, and a lot of people have loved you,” said Brownback. “You have made a difference in your career and our state is better for it.”

Six employees, all from Kansas Regents institutions, were honored for having been employed by the state for 50 years.

40 and 50 year pin full Bios

50 YEAR AWARDS

KANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY
Beverly K. Dunning
Larry E. Erickson
Clenton E. Owensby
John T. Pence

UNIVERSITY OF KANSAS
Roger C. Anderson

WICHITA STATE UNIVERSITY
Donald A. Distler

 

40 YEAR AWARDS

DEPARTMENT FOR AGING & DISABILITY SERVICES
Teresita Petrina McCarthy

DEPARTMENT FOR CHILDREN & FAMILIES
John W. Brown

DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE
Shirley L. Honig

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH & ENVIRONMENT
Joseph E. Cronin
Norbert M. Windholz

DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
Shirley K. Hastings
Linda L. McAndrew
Warren E. Miller

DEPARTMENT OF REVENUE
Teresa J. Gibbons
Roberta A. Orson
Raymond J. Rhoads

DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
Stephen G. Burnett
Francis R. Coufal
Darrell D. Gwaltney
Oscar L. Hamilton
Timothy P. Horgan
David E. Johnson
John E. Rome
Kent A. Rosdahl

DEPARTMENT OF WILDLIFE, PARKS & TOURISM
Robert W. Friggeri Jr.
Paula L. Rudiger

EMPORIA STATE UNIVERSITY
Judy K. Anderson
Dennis R. Coddington
Jacqueline K. Fehr
Barbara J. Kern
Karla S. Rodgers

FORT HAYS STATE UNIVERSITY
Alvin W. Hearne
Zoran Stevanov

KANSAS HISTORICAL SOCIETY
Christie K. Stanley

KANSAS JUDICIAL BRANCH
Cheryl H. Harris
Rita M. McLain

KANSAS NEUROLOGICAL INSTITUTE
Deborah K. Mesecher

KANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY
R D Ackley
Walter C. Cash
Sandra K. Chandler
Rob E. Denell
John J. Devore
Marsha L. Frey
Robert D. Homolka
Richard G. Howerton
Harvey L. Jansonius
Connie J. Kissee
Richard A. Kleiner
Dale L. Lanham
Virginia K. Mixer
Mary K. Molt
T B Muenzenberger
Loyd R. Stone
Gene W. Tebbutt
Deanna K. Turner
Richard D. Wege
Michael D. Wells
David L. Wetzel

LARNED CORR. MENTAL HEALTH FACILITY
Vincent T. Caro Jr.

LARNED STATE HOSPITAL
Nicki R. Roof

OFFICE OF ADMINISTRATIVE HEARINGS
Courtney J. Fulton

OSAWATOMIE STATE HOSPITAL
Lynette S. McReynolds

PARSONS STATE HOSPITAL & TRAINING CTR
Vickie A. Cinotto
Arlice G. Smith

REVISOR OF STATUTES
Kenneth M. Wilke      

UNIVERSITY OF KANSAS
Patricia M. Acker
Richard Branham
Cathy M. Dwigans
Stephen H. Grabow
David W. Henry
Ann L. Heptig
James M. Mayo Jr.
Edward L. Meyen
Elias K. Michaelis
Ralph V. Oliver
Sandra J. Patti
Richard L. Simpson
James A. Smith
Christina M. Spray
William Westerbeke
Cheryl J. Wiley
Jack H. Winerock
Jane M. Wong
Cynthia A. Woods

UNIVERSITY OF KANSAS MEDICAL CENTER
William A. Godfrey
Thomas L. Pazdernik
Barbara L. Petersen
Gloria N. Schroder 

WICHITA STATE UNIVERSITY
Deltha Q. Colvin
Randolph A. Ellsworth
Donald W. Hackett
Beverly A. Henline
Mary L. Herrin
Don E. Malzahn
Sandra S. Oswald
Francis M. Rokosz
Jerry Shaw
Frances K. Shelly
Deborah H. Soles 

WINFIELD CORRECTIONAL FACILITY
Bradford A. Cox