New Kansas governor names prisons chief, health agency head

January 8, 2019 GMT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — 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.