Kansas City, Mo. Former Gov. Mike Hayden says he plans to return to Kansas and has talked to Gov. Bill Graves about Cabinet jobs.
Graves filled one Cabinet vacancy Friday, naming Joyce Glasscock, his chief of staff and the wife of Kansas House Speaker Kent Glasscock, secretary of administration. She replaces Dan Stanley, who is taking a job in the Pentagon as a deputy assistant secretary of the Army.
However, Graves still is looking for a new secretary of wildlife and parks to replace Steve Williams, who has been nominated by President Bush to be director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
"I have been in communication with the governor," Hayden said in a telephone interview Thursday with The Kansas City Star. "Any statement would need to come from his office."
Graves' spokesman Don Brown said the governor had not made a decision about the wildlife and parks job and couldn't say whether Hayden was under consideration to take the position.
Hayden, 57, a Republican who was governor in 1987-91, said he would have no problem moving from governor to Cabinet secretary under Graves.
"As far as I'm concerned, it's not an issue at all," he said. "I love public service."
Hayden served as president of the American Sportfishing Assn. until May and has been working with a group examining the state of the world's oceans.
After his 1990 election defeat to Democrat Joan Finney, he served as assistant secretary of the interior for fishing, wildlife and parks in the administration of the first President Bush.