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.
In 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.
John Milburn, Director of Legislative and Public Affairs, 785.296.6866
Feb 17, 2016
TOPEKA – The Kansas Senate on Wednesday, by a vote of 37-2, approved Gov. Sam Brownback’s cabinet nominee for Secretary of Administration, Sarah Shipman.
“I am pleased Sarah’s qualifications were so widely recognized by members of the Senate,” said Governor Brownback. “She is deeply knowledgeable about the department’s responsibilities and extremely well suited for this position. She will serve the citizens of Kansas well.”
Shipman was appointed by the Governor on July 24, 2015. She has been with the Department of Administration since October 2011 and served as its Deputy Secretary and Chief Counsel since March 2014. She received her Juris Doctor from Washburn University School of Law and her bachelor’s degree from Southwestern College.
Shipman succeeds Secretary Jim Clark, who retired in July.