Archive for Saturday, April 7, 2007

KDHE secretary, wife file for bankruptcy

April 7, 2007

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Rod Bremby, who oversees an annual budget of nearly $216 million as a state Cabinet secretary, filed this week for personal Chapter 13 bankruptcy protection along with his wife, physician April Bremby.

Rod Bremby, secretary for the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, and April Bremby listed assets of $464,202 and liabilities of $598,755 in their Chapter 13 filing in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Kansas City, Kan.

The Brembys have agreed to make monthly payments of $1,208.72 for five years to pay off debts and cover applicable fees. Their former residence on Woodridge Drive is to be surrendered to creditors to address mortgage debt.

"We are no different than most Americans who file for bankruptcy," Rod Bremby said. "The majority of Americans who file for bankruptcy do so due to medical reasons, and the second reason is because of loss of job due to medical reasons, so we find ourselves as typical Americans who file for protection under the bankruptcy laws of the U.S."

The filing indicates that April Bremby's medical practice in Lawrence ceased producing income in October. She now works at a clinic operated by the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth Health System, a job that pays nearly $110,000 a year.

Rod Bremby, a former assistant city manager in Lawrence, earns an annual salary of $98,372.

Comments

monkeyhawk 8 years, 3 months ago

I have physicians in my family and they usually get their health care at no charge. I think they call that "professional courtesy".

50YearResident 8 years, 3 months ago

Letting a bankrupt administrater run KDHE with a $216 Million dollar budget is like letting a military deserter run the "War on Terror".

aeroscout17 8 years, 3 months ago

It is questionable whether he "manages" KDHE at all. Talk to any upper level manager or employee at KDHE.

Sigmund 8 years, 3 months ago

"We are no different than most Americans who file for bankruptcy," Rod Bremby said. "The majority of Americans who file for bankruptcy do so due to medical reasons..."

$200,000 income a year, $480,000 home, husband is the secretary of the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, and the wife is a doctor. Nope, just an average hard working Americans with no health insurance.

candylandxwhat 8 years, 3 months ago

Whether or not its hard to live off a tax-based salary, the point is its hard to make ends meet. Everyone falls short no matter your position but they've done a great job at keeping their heads high and not high tailing out of this place. Put yourself in their shoes. Support them and stop speculating things that don't matter to any of you.

"It begs the question..." "Questions and simple math folks..."

Imagine yourself as a somewhat respected citizen of a nice (as in pleasant, not as in nice generous, helpful) town and you stumble and fall on hard times. Its embarassing to even file for bankrupcy, its worse to have a nice sized article in the paper exploiting your failures. Bremby gave a statement. He probably has more gull than most of you who probably wouldn't have the bals to take these comments to the poor man himself. He swallowed his pride and admitted his shortcomings in the dan paper. What more would you all want? He could've ignored it and let the paper make him look foolish, but he confronted it. Some people get off a little too much on other's misfortunes. As 458casual said "WHO CARES GET A LIFE."

ASBESTOS 8 years, 3 months ago

Like putting a drunk in charge of the distillery!

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 8 years, 3 months ago

Sounds to me that he's saying his wife had some medical problems. And the fact is, the way medical insurance works in this country, you can have some of the best insurance available, but it won't save you from financial ruin if you have a severe medical condition.

And if you have a relatively high income like they do, and spend accordingly, if that income drops, bankruptcy isn't an unexpected result.

ASBESTOS 8 years, 3 months ago

""We are no different than most Americans who file for bankruptcy," Rod Bremby said."

Other than the fact you can make $1,000,000 in five years with your combined income. Live modestly, and then retire.

ASBESTOS 8 years, 3 months ago

WHY is this not on the "featured news in the middle of the First Webpage? WHY is this not on the front page at all?

paladin 8 years, 3 months ago

Dr. Bremby is, undoubtedly, one of the finest, if not the finest, physicians, I've ever had the privilege of encountering. I can't say enough positive things about her, although I've tried to express my admiration and respect for her, as a doctor, to others I have talked with on the subject of doctors and the medical and health-care crisis we, as a society, are immersed in now. She is incredibly knowledgeable, empathetic, warm, caring, thorough, interested, engaged. She is connected with her patients. Her professionalism and demeanor and her practice of medicine harken back to the age when doctors made house-calls and bartered their services, at times, for vegetables grown in the patient's garden. Although, I was never told this by her, I know she has performed allot of pro-bono services. I've always had the impression that the financial bottom line was one of her lowest priorities, unlike that of most of her contemporaries. She is a doctor for the people, not for the money. She is a genuine asset and credit to her profession. She is a doctor for the right reasons and that's pretty hard to find, these days.

Kat Christian 8 years, 3 months ago

They are definitly in La-La land. I could live high on the hog earning $200,000 a year. Then again I wouldn't be out trying to outdo the "Jones" (if you will). I don't feel a bit sorry for them. They brought it on themselves by living beyond their means and being spendthrifts. I bet they both drive new cars where I can't even afford to fix my old one. I work everyday, even when I'm sick and I bet they don't even work that hard. People like this are the ones that ruin it for everyone else. AND she's a Doctor? of WHAT? I wouldn't want her attending to me. He's in charge of managing? More and more do I witness how incompetent managers are these days (I know I have a superviser that has no clue how to manage a staff). Yet these people suck their ways into these positions. How can anyone have respect for these positions or faith in our systems? It's pathetic. This is the reason I don't trust Doctors and question EVERYTHING.

Kat Christian 8 years, 3 months ago

Paladin if this is so (I've never gone to her) then it must have been the husband's fault why they priced themselves out of their lives. I hope for his sake she loves him enough to endure this embarrassment to her.

ASBESTOS 8 years, 3 months ago

The GOV. neds to ask this character to resign.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 8 years, 3 months ago

"The GOV. neds to ask this character to resign."

Who should replace him-- you?

Sigmund 8 years, 3 months ago

Nobody is on a high horse here. The explanation by the Bremby's, he the Secretary of Kansas's Department of Health and Environment (a political appointee in charge of $216 million budget) and his wife a doctor, file bankruptcy with $200,000 current yearly income and a $480,000 home and then claim they are "just ordinary American's" with medical bills and insufficient insurance coverage, is going to raise some legitimate questions.

Likely the first question might be, "if the Bremby's were just 'living beyond their means' then perhaps being in charge a $216 million State budget might not be a great idea?" Likely the second question might be, "when was the last time KDHE was audited?"

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 8 years, 3 months ago

"when was the last time KDHE was audited?"

I expect that it gets audited every year.

I'm not going to defend Bremby's management of KDHE, because I don't know enough about it. But it's also pretty pointless to criticize his management of KDHE based on a personal bankruptcy you know nothing about.

ASBESTOS 8 years, 3 months ago

"Likely the second question might be, "when was the last time KDHE was audited?""

Exactly.

Usually when people get into financial problems they may try to do things with real intentions of "paying them back later" and then get in a knot.

Such as using a company credit card for personal expenses "until this financial storm passes".

I think it is legitimate to look at the credit on these issues.

Recently 2 school administrators; 2 principals and 1 superentendant in the Dallas Schools spent nearly $1,000,000 on School District Credit Cards on personal purchases. The big offender charged almost half a million. The other 2 were $200K and $300 K.

That is the problem the people get into. ALL three made the same claim as was made here.

sourpuss 8 years, 3 months ago

April Bremby was once my doctor and I liked her so much. She has a wonderful bedside manner and always listened to me before anything else. And please don't make judgments about people living beyond their means. Perhaps a child got a terrible disease...

And I don't think that FIRING someone who is trying to pay off debts is a great idea. Or do you want the creditors to be out the money. It sounds like they are trying to be honorable in getting out of the bad financial situation they are in. You don't know what happened, so please don't be so judgmental. And if you think bankrupcy couldn't happen to you, ask yourself what you would do if your child got luekemia and your insurance dropped you. Ask what you would do if your house burned down and your home insurance deemed it owner-arson (even if it wasn't). Ask what you would do if your stock broker turned out to be corrupt and stole your retirement. IT HAPPENS, so everyone back off and let these people get their lives back together. If they did something illegal, then the law will take care of it, not the Internet.

ASBESTOS 8 years, 3 months ago

Sourpuss the guy is in charge of $216 million of taxpayer money, and he cannot properly handle his own.

This is not about whether April is a good Doctor, or whether Roderick is a good man or not. This is about poor financial habits, and possible poor judgements effecting taxpayer funds.

Many criminals start out as "IT HAPPENS", and they go deeper. There are legitimate questions here, especially when KDHE whines so much about not having enough money.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 8 years, 3 months ago

So, are you accusing Bremby of embezzlement, ASBESTOS? If not, what purpose does your otherwise purposeless innuendo serve?

dthroat 8 years, 3 months ago

Sourpuss - finally someone with some reason. I know it is not unusual on this board for people to crucify folks without knowing any of the details, but this morning it is rampant.

I hope all the people willing to scream about how they are just living above their means and insinuating that Rod is doing something illegal feel REAL SHAME if it comes out one of them or their children actually have medical problems that a screwed up insurance system wouldn't take care of.

Nah- wishful thinking on my part to think some of these people feel anything but arrogance and self-righteousness.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 8 years, 3 months ago

"I guarrantee you that if The Merc filed a Chapter proceeding you would be tearfully full of the worst sort of sympathy and would be setting up lemonade stands to raise money."

No, judging by those who are posting here, most would cheer loudly with schadenfreudlich glee.

Sigmund 8 years, 3 months ago

I doubt KDHE, or any State Agency, gets a full audit every year and Gov. Kathy has had problems in the past with Kansas Agencies playing fast and loose with their budgets and federal dollars that were only revealed after full audits. http://www2.ljworld.com/news/2006/aug... http://www2.ljworld.com/news/2006/jul...

If this was a Republican Administration you can bet your 1099 that the Democrats would be demanding Bremby step down until a full audit was completed, accompanied by much howling and gnashing of teeth. Asking a couple of very legitimate questions shouldn't be a problem if there is nothing wrong here.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 8 years, 3 months ago

"Asking a couple of very legitimate questions shouldn't be a problem if there is nothing wrong here."

Legitimate questions should be asked, but that's a far cry from the idle speculation going on here.

mick 8 years, 3 months ago

Smarter than a fifth grader? I don't think so.

Christine Pennewell Davis 8 years, 3 months ago

people it says she lost her income there fore that is why they have a problem now. not that they are bad people throwing money in the air rolling around just that they had income from both then half was gone. Most people have been there but unlike most jobs a Doc. just does not walk in to a office and say I want to file for a job I can start tom. It is sad when anyone one has big problems just because they are who the are does not mean peopl should forget what it is like o have a bad spell.

Flap Doodle 8 years, 3 months ago

Being chided on an internet discussion board <> crucifixion

Bassetlover 8 years, 3 months ago

There, but for the grace of God, goes the rest of us....so many assumptions and judgments being made on these posts without knowing the true facts. Dr. Bremby had a heart virus that seriously affected her ability to practice medicine full-time. She was my doctor and the best one I have ever had. I imagine paying back student loans for med school plus paying malpractice insurance put them in a deep financial hole. Not to mention several kids to raise. He is 100% correct when he states the two primary reasons for their backruptcy. They have nothing to be ashamed of and I'm sure they feel deep humiliation that this personal decision was a headline in the LJW. Perfect example of something bad happening to good people. They deserve our best wishes for recovery.

paladin 8 years, 3 months ago

OBJECTION, to the comments of Mr. ASBESTOS. They are prejudicial and lack factual foundation. They are irrelevant, misleading, and immaterial to the case before us.

candylandxwhat 8 years, 3 months ago

I know these people. The only part of this that baffles me are you people who would choose to sit here and take jabs at people who are in an already embarassing and harmful situation instead of getting off you a--es and doing something with your day.

Put yourself in their positions. Do that. Because of their high places in society, they have an article written about them in the town's only newspaper. Isn't that embarassing enough? You all need to get lives.

The Bremby's have issues just like every single one of you. Misfortune doesn't skip anyone. They've had a rocky few years but they've still managed to function and keep their heads held high.

They aren't bad people. Living off of a tax-based salery is hard. Teachers do it, so does Roderick it seems. He purchased the house before he got the position as Secretary. This doesn't mean he's bad at his job. He's improve the health of the state tremendously. When there was a criptosporidium outbreak he was the guy figuring it all out. He's helped get flu vaccines to those who are labeled as the "at risk" group. He's started advertising campaigns to promote recycling. He's also established public service announcments to be shown in schools to help kids better take care of themselves during flu season.

April has been a doctor in this community for years. She tried to open her own practice but in the Medical world, doctor's don't always get paid for everything they do. It all goes to equipment, insurances, and leasing. Despite losing money in practicing as a doctor, its what her heart tells her to do. She helps people.

Now people think its time to make fun of this couple? They are good people. They teach a Sunday school class together. They aren't frivilous with their money and take off to spend a week in Italy or Hawaii. They take care of the homefront as best as they can. They have 4 kids. None of whom have been trouble in school or ever been arrested.

All of you are making fun of honest people. If he wasn't some what of a good person, don't you think KDHE would report missing money at this point? But they haven't. They did the right thing and tried to make it.

Its just unfortunate that you all find this entertaining and would rather waste your time speculating on what might have went wrong and if he's going to lose his job. Think about his family and the humility he's suffering right now. He did nothing wrong.

I pity you all, not the Bremby's. They can find their way. You all, however, need serious help. You are probably the same people who pine for juicy, tasteless celebrity gossip when it affects your life in no way, shape or form. This isn't entertainment. Its just a life lesson. You will all learn yours one day.

But for now, get off your a---s and do something with your day.

ASBESTOS 8 years, 3 months ago

"All of you are making fun of honest people. If he wasn't some what of a good person, don't you think KDHE would report missing money at this point? But they haven't. "

Neither did the Dallas School District, until the bill for a cool $1,000,000 came in.

I am all for giving them a break, but this is a public official here with purse strings for God's sake.

Just giving them a pass with no validation is ignorant with public monies.

candylandxwhat 8 years, 3 months ago

He's done nothing wrong with the public's money in his entire history as a public figure. If he had, don't you think they wouldn't be filing for bankrupcy?

PERSONAL medical bills and PERSONAL expenses and unexpected PERSONAL issues led to PERSONAL bankrupcy.

He was the assistant city manager for years. Even when he was done with that job, he was called back on occasion to help them with the budget.

Until you can pin point anything he's done thats worthy of him being yanked further from the life he knows, leave it alone. Its not like your pathetic suggestions are going to count for sh*t in the long run.

Does it make any sense to fire a man who has just filed for bankrupcy when he has to pay for the education of his 4 children and maintain a household? The man has nothing to be punished for. He's doing a great work. If you're more qualified just because you've never hit a financial road block in your life, who about you apply for the job.

roger_o_thornhill 8 years, 3 months ago

"The majority of Americans who file for bankruptcy do so due to medical reasons, and the second reason is because of loss of job due to medical reasons..."

Time to invest in training more doctors. Isn't the problem similar to any of supply and demand? Everybody needs doctors--at least if they want to have relatively long, relatively comfortable life. The more we collectively contribute to the idea of training physicians and supporting them, the less of a shock it is to a system when catastrophy strikes. It is also time to accept the fact that medicine is not an exact thing and not everything that doesn't go right is someone's fault. Someone who has to "pay". The other thing is the bloated system of insurance that supports itself on individual's desire to relieve discomfort/illness, etc...a little parasitic I think.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 8 years, 3 months ago

ASBESTOS clearly has some sort of personal vendetta against KDHE. Any mention of KDHE never fails to bring an endless string of mostly scurrilous posts.

Today is no exception.

ASBESTOS 8 years, 3 months ago

"He's done nothing wrong with the public's money in his entire history as a public figure. If he had, don't you think they wouldn't be filing for bankrupcy?"

How do you know that? Did you know they were having money problems?

Have we an audit that would clear him from wrongdoing in his public capacity? (NO)

For many that have worked at KDHE Mr. Bremby is an "absent manager". (Here is a news flash, he is not the most loved person at KDHE) Figurehead appointment. I questioned his apporintment in the first place, but now, the public has a right to know if the KDHE books balanced, and if there is any problems with his KDHE "Expenses".

With the investigation done, he will either be cleared or caught.

I would think you would want the mand cleared. The only way to do it is in an audit of KDHE.

deec 8 years, 3 months ago

Not having enough money to pay your bills doesn't mean you are dishonest. It just means you don't have enough money to pay your bills.

formerlyKS 8 years, 3 months ago

Yet another Lawrence resident whose income comes from Topeka. Surprise surprise.

jayhawk1234 8 years, 3 months ago

"The Brembys have agreed to make monthly payments of $1,208.72 for five years to pay off debts and cover applicable fees. Their former residence on Woodridge Drive is to be surrendered to creditors to address mortgage debt."

if i have read this correctly it means that their house has been repossesed and the $1,208.72 goes towards other debts they had such as credit cards/medical bills. so its not like they are just paying this over 5 years and getting their house and all thier debt paid for 72,523.20. if they are still living at this residence its because i belive they have 90 days to vacate the property after all the court proceedings.

OldEnuf2BYurDad 8 years, 3 months ago

What bothers me is the quote: "The majority of Americans who file for bankruptcy do so due to medical reasons". NO, a medical "reason" is "illness". That is NOT the same as "our medical business is failing".

People who file BK and are not willing to be honest with themselves about WHY they are in bankruptcy nearly always end up filing again. He's not allowing himself to admit that "I caused this".

He should be fired. The taxpayers need to know that they can trust someone in his position.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 8 years, 3 months ago

Did you read this from the above post, Dad?

"Dr. Bremby had a heart virus that seriously affected her ability to practice medicine full-time."

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 8 years, 3 months ago

Now I understand your animosity towards, Boog, ASBESTOS.

Godot 8 years, 3 months ago

"Living off of a tax-based salery is hard." What??? $98,000 a year, plus health, dental, life and disability insurance, plus a sizeable contribution by the employer (us) into a fully vested retirement annuity, plus other benefits (no doubt, a car) - that does not sound too hard to me.

By the way, whoever said they should have sold and rented a place for less than $1,000 per month, they were looking for just such a place a year ago.

Christine Pennewell Davis 8 years, 3 months ago

considering a two week stay at saint lukes can cost over 100,000. dollers, and insurance may not cover all the cost not to mention rehab. and therapy, 98,000. is not such a great amount.

Godot 8 years, 3 months ago

mommaeffortx2, does that mean, in your world, a living wage is, say $1,000,000?

ASBESTOS 8 years, 3 months ago

With the State Insurance it is at worst a $2000 deductible with a 20% copay and insurance picks 80% up $1,000,000.

SO, WHAT medical bills the 20 % if the Heart Virus copay was around 78,000? That would mean it cost almost 300,000 dollars for this medical condition?

Questions and simple math, folks.

Flap Doodle 8 years, 3 months ago

"Posted by Marion (Marion Lynn) on April 7, 2007 at 10:19 a.m. (Suggest removal) Gee, but it's OK for CERTAIN people on this board to try to curcify ME becuase I did a filing!..."

Razzing <> "curcify".

Godot 8 years, 3 months ago

ASBESTOS, actually, I think there is a cap on the out of pocket expenses for the State health plan. I do not think a state employed family would have health expenses higher than $10,000 a year, unless they went outside the Blue Cross Blue Shield network for care.

Godot 8 years, 3 months ago

Snap, it takes a brilliant intellect to point out a typo. Good work.

Crispian Paul 8 years, 3 months ago

KDHE is audited yearly due, in part, to their ties with licensing foster, adoptive, maternity and group homes.

Richard Heckler 8 years, 3 months ago

If this is going to be front page material then there will be no shortage of material. The question is why? It bad enough these matters appear in the in back pages...leave people alone to settle their matters as private as possible.

Godot 8 years, 3 months ago

agree, merrill. It begs the question, why did Bremby even give a statement?

ASBESTOS 8 years, 3 months ago

Crispian:

"KDHE is audited yearly due, in part, to their ties with licensing foster, adoptive, maternity and group homes."

No they are not, they are audited at the MINIMUM every 5 years. The funding and budget are set and monies paid out, yes, but the auditing of seeing if each and every expenditure is definately NOT doen every year.

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"Its embarassing to even file for bankrupcy, its worse to have a nice sized article in the paper exploiting your failures."

You stated earlier there Candyland that this happens to lots of folks, they why do we automatically give this particular one a pass? Because they are friends of yours? Well I lost my business a few years ago, and took care of my bills. I was embarrassed, however, I DID not have purse strings of a major agency budget.

THAT is what makes this different. The Public WILL know about your shortcomings and public servants know this, and should act accordingly.

Godot 8 years, 3 months ago

The bankruptcy notice in today's paper adds another element to the situation.

ASBESTOS 8 years, 3 months ago

"Roderick Bremby, 5221 Eisenhower Place, Lawrence, and April Bremby, 1129 Somerset Circle, Lawrence."

They live at 2 different addresses?

ASBESTOS 8 years, 3 months ago

A much better written article be a better Journalist who understands the issue. The Patchwork of City Ordinances that could be "traps" for legally carrying CCW permit holders.

http://www.cjonline.com/stories/040807/sta_161624314.shtml

IT is not often when the CJ beats out the LJWorld in Journalistic ability.

Jackalope 8 years, 3 months ago

It is hard to believe that two professional people, supposedly educated and grossing $200,000+ are bankrupt. A couple grossing $200,000+ in jobs or professions that have no overhead is not a "typical American." With that type of gross approximately $600,000 in debt is nothing. What about just living on one salary and the other paying past debt without letting it go so far that all the creditors are standing at the door at once. It's called planning. Something that one would hope professional educated people would be able to do.

As for Bremby resigning, that would just make KDHE even more fouled up then it already is. It would give Boog only more opportunity to run the place than he now has.

Christine Pennewell Davis 8 years, 3 months ago

Godot I sure wish like all get out but no, just that once you have outrages med. bill hit you the 98. just seems small. Knew someone with great insurance and still had close to 500,000.00 in med. bills for just a few weeks. That included docs. hosp. meds. and all that go with hosp. stay. thats all just saying costs alot to be sick. That would be one heck of a living wage.

Jackalope 8 years, 3 months ago

Mommaeffortx2 wrote: "Most people have been there but unlike most jobs a Doc. just does not walk in to a office and say I want to file for a job I can start tom."

To the contrary, a $100K physician's job is a part time affair and can be had for the asking. Physicians, any physicians, are in short supply.

Woodstein 8 years, 3 months ago

ASBESTOS - you are a poor excuse for a human being. Maybe you should share with the readers why you hate KDHE so much? Wouldn't have something to do with getting turned down repeatedly for employment that drives your venom?

Your rants are not even close to being from left field - they're past the bullpen. Grow up, get a life, a job and your facts straight before spewing hatred and ridcule upon folks you know nothing about.

State government is filled with honest, hard-working souls who believe in public service to idiots like you. WE don't need your kind amongst our ranks!

ASBESTOS 8 years, 3 months ago

"State government is filled with honest, hard-working souls who believe in public service to idiots like you. WE don't need your kind amongst our ranks!"

OH, another KDHE employee heard from! No kidding you would not want people like me there, things would get done and done right!

60% of what is at KDHE is a waste of money as far as employment goes. Ask any Environmental Professional that practices in the field. It is difficult to practice in the field when the "regulators" do not know the regulations they are supposed to enforce.

"Wouldn't have something to do with getting turned down repeatedly for employment that drives your venom?"

IF so it appears as if I would not be alone, as the word is out on KDHE hiring practices being unreconizable as "Human Resources". So the word is out and there IS a blacklist at KDHE after all!! Thank you for verifying that Woodstien. KDHE states that is not happening. I guess it is common knowledge amoung those like you at KDHE that are "in the know".

That is right, criticize KDHE for not doing their job, and they will never hire you. Tells you what we are paying for as taxpayers.

Thanbk you so much for letting us all know this activity is going on at KDHE.

That is the problem with a yahoo like you, sooner or later you open your big mouth and let the kitty out of the burlap. You just verified my concerns with a self serving Por-KDHE post.

Again, I THANK YOU!

What the hell is going on over there at KDHE?????

ASBESTOS 8 years, 3 months ago

Booger, and Bremby and woodstien.

Yes, looks like excellence to me, and highly professional.

ASBESTOS 8 years, 3 months ago

Here is what I dislike about KDHE and their supposedly HIGH level of Professionalism. They do not enforce the regulations. The Regulations IF ENFORCED PREVENT POLLUTION. KDHE only react AAfter the fact. The EPA OIG consistently states that KDHE is WAY behind the curve in just about every program and at the direction of Dr. Hammerschmidt basically gives EPA the finger while begging for money.

Then they have apologists come out.

MillerMart were the tanks literally "Came out of the ground" and were not installed properly and not inspected by KDHE as well. The Tanks should have been pulled LONG ago. The EPA OIG has scathing criticism of how KDHE runs its UST program.

HOW ABOUT THE PRESTO GAS STATION on 9th street??? Remember that one. The tank was in since 1978, should have been pulled in 1996. KDHE tried to act as a consultant and regulator and screwed up and could not fine the station owner when they were acting on KDHE direction:

And the eidtor agrees with me:

So does the UST Section leader at KDHE:

How about dumping 20 truckloads of petroleum contaminated soil down by the Kaw Boat Ramp? Dan Wells was in charge there and was "exiled" to Hays District because of it.

The editor agrees with me again:

This is just what has occurred inLAWRENCE. What is going on in the rest of the State. Sec. Bremby was notified of all these. The actions apparently are cnot correcting the problems.

If you choose to defent this level of incompetence and ineptitude. That is your problem.

But do not label me misinformed, because you faild to accept KDHE is a screwed up mess that needs housecleaning!!!!

ASBESTOS 8 years, 3 months ago

I left out the Presto Website pages:

As a consequence of this very event the former KDHE PR Person Sharon Watson quit and moved on to the Adjudent General's office in Emergency Prep. She is doing a fine job over there. She quit after being put in the position by the KDHE "professionals" to lie to the public multiple times on the Presto Situation.

KDHE tends to chew up and destroy otherwise good employees to cover up some yahoo's incompetence.

ASBESTOS 8 years, 3 months ago

And Sec. Bremby is at the top here and was told to get Dr. Hammerschmidt leave the Director of the Environment because of his anomosity toward EPA, his management style that is burtal to those that disagree with him, and is 20 years out of date. Dr. Hammerschmidt is the one that has the philosophy of "accectable pollution levels", and "partnering with polluters".

It seems as if afterall his lack of focus has been identified, however, buildings have burned and areas have been contaminated that were not before.

ASBESTOS 8 years, 3 months ago

There ya go. That is where and on what I stand.

Do I look clueless still? With that mountian of evidence? With that proof of incompetence on the simple and basic of environmental regulation screwups by KDHE?

ASBESTOS 8 years, 3 months ago

Hey Woodstien and all you other KDHE Apologists, where did you go? No response to all that fact? That is right, the FACTS DO SPEAK FOR THEMSELVES!

Linda Endicott 8 years, 3 months ago

"Not having enough money to pay your bills doesn't mean you are dishonest. It just means you don't have enough money to pay your bills."

Well, yes, deec, this is true. However, the grand majority of posters to this site don't have the same point of view when it comes to the homeless, do they?

They have even gone so far as to say that people who are poor shouldn't be allowed to have children, if they can't properly care for them. They don't even consider that perhaps at the time that they had children, they were living under better circumstances.

Has anyone said these things about the Bremby's, just because they're down on their luck right now?

No?

Then why on earth would anyone be crass enough to say it about anyone else who is down on their luck?

ASBESTOS 8 years, 3 months ago

"Kansas deserves what it gets. We're a hillbilly state run by little cowards who get politically appointed positions and throw the baby out with the bathwater."

"The KDHE is a "family affair". It is next to impossible to get hired by KDHE simply via one's credentials, past work performance for other employers, and/or references. You have to know someone on the inside to make your way through their hiring practice."

I am not alone in my paranoria ROTFLMFAO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

ASBESTOS 8 years, 3 months ago

You also know that KDHE is full of old fuddy duddies.

I believe in the KDOPS Civil Service study 51% of KDHE staff are going to retire in the next 5 years. That turnover cannot happen soon enough. If they change their hiring procedures the agency could get "revived" and be something.

ASBESTOS 8 years, 3 months ago

How do you know I did not quit out of exasperation and lack of promotions?

How do you know I applied for many jobs and never got an interview?

How do you know that I applied for a job, and got the position and quit after a short time because of a bunch of incompetent boobs?

How do you know that I NEVER applied for KDHE because I work around their idiots all the time and would NEVER want to work there?

Why out of all those equally applicable "negatives" you chose to pin "fired" on me?

What you are trying to do is "identify me". It won't work. There are to many people like me out there in the Environmental Professional Arena that know EXACTLY what I am talking about.

You shadower area a uninformed and clueless individual.

And obviously, you did not read a single link I posted on the KDHE incompetence. So you work there, or are a friend or family menber of those that work there.

Sorry for you, but the KDHE is not the "Ivory Tower" those employed at KDHE think it is, it is more like a "rusty stepstool". Not as grand bust just as isolated.

Linda Endicott 8 years, 3 months ago

So, should the Bremby's children be taken from them and put in SRS custody now, since they're going through a tough time? Should Mrs. Bremby be forced to have her tubes tied, since she obviously can't take care of her children financially right now, and so shouldn't be allowed to possibly have any more?

Of course not...but these are the very kinds of things that posters have suggested should happen to homeless families.

Why do you propose things should be different for the Bremby's? Why show any compassion toward them, when many of you have shown no compassion at all toward the homeless?

ASBESTOS 8 years, 3 months ago

"Promotions are to be from within first, but seldom are. People off the street are hired before tenured, loyal, and knowledgable internal applicants are selected."

You meaqn unqualified CONNECTED people off the streets, of someone off the streets with an insider affiliation.

ASBESTOS 8 years, 3 months ago

"So, should the Bremby's children be taken from them and put in SRS custody now, since they're going through a tough time? Should Mrs. Bremby be forced to have her tubes tied, since she obviously can't take care of her children financially right now, and so shouldn't be allowed to possibly have any more?"

NO one even suggested that and I do not know wherre that came from.

I merely suggested there needs to be an accounting via an audit of KDHE.

ASBESTOS 8 years, 3 months ago

She seems to have her panties in a bunch over me on several posts.

Remeinds me of the times with HGA, except HGA has some intelligence and a vision of how the world works, even though blinded by political affiliation.

ASBESTOS 8 years, 3 months ago

You again NEVER READ THE LINKS I POSTED DID YOU????

ASBESTOS 8 years, 3 months ago

Why is my complaining of an Environmental Agency NOT enforcing anti pollution laws it is a personal vendetta?

Why is my complaining and activism on speaking my opinion and backing it up with reports on the incompetence and ineffectiveness of KDHE a personal vendetta?

However when one bitches about a legal coal fired power plant that is "environmental activism?

What is the difference there?

Linda Endicott 8 years, 3 months ago

I do find myself agreeing with you this time, Asbestos.

Anyone who can't manage their own money shouldn't be allowed to manage someone else's.

My points are only that there are so many here sympathetic to the Bremby's, when they would not have any sympathy for anyone else in the same (or worse) situation.

So many have posted before that ANYONE is merely one major illness away from bankruptcy or homelessness themselves, and they were ridiculed for saying so.

But I guess it's true, isn't it? Even if you had a nice income before the bankruptcy...

Steve Jacob 8 years, 3 months ago

I don't think he should be fired at all. Could be health reasons.

But in 2007 more people file because they bought homes they really could not afford.

The more you make, the more you spend.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 8 years, 3 months ago

"She seems to have her panties in a bunch over me on several posts."

Kinda like how your panties bunch up at the mere mention of KDHE?

ASBESTOS 8 years, 3 months ago

"Kinda like how your panties bunch up at the mere mention of KDHE?"

Kinda of like some have their panties in a bunch over other environmental problems like say coal fired power plants, energy conservation, photovoltaics, and global warming in gereral.

I ask again, what is the difference about making a corporation obey the environmental regulations and making an Environmental Governmental Agency obey the regulations?

It used to be the corporates that polluted, now it is aiding and abetting polluters by the very State and Federal agencies that are supposed to be enforcing regulations, are just looking for money and looking the other way when they see an environmental problem under their jurisdiction.

Staci Dark Simpson 8 years, 3 months ago

Its too bad these guys had to be humiliated. Why do they even print bankruptcies anyway? Its nobodys business but their own. I too have filed due to medical bills in the past. I would say we make good money but when you are being charged out the nose for medical service it really doesn't matter. Good luck to them and sorry they had to be further embarrassed.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 8 years, 3 months ago

I got no problems with legitimate criticism of any government agency. But your knee-jerk criticism indicates something beyond legitimate complaints, ASBESTOS.

ASBESTOS 8 years, 3 months ago

The problems probably came from the Secretary not being focused on his duties of his job.

I stated that WAY back in the begining of the thread.

Sorry there Hon that you cannot follow rational and consistent thoughts.

abbynormal 8 years, 3 months ago

ASBESTOS- The only thing you're doing exceedingly well at right now is making yourself out to look like a Class A Prck. The Brembys are like anyone else, except you that is. You seem to be on some high horse where you think its ok to kick someone while they're down. You have issues. How many hours have you spent, waiting for someone to post a comment just so you can put your foot down and make some half-ased arguement about what an awful man Mr. Bremby is. You've made a couple's bad day into a political rant about an organization that sounds like they didn't want you. Being the bitter person you are, you're the type to try to bring people down with you. But if you're so great and you know everything, how about you go up for the job like some before me have suggested. There'a reason you didn't get hired now get over it and maybe work on your people skills. There's obviously a reason Bremby got hired and has kept his job. I see no reason for his personal life to affect his job. The governor seems happy with the job he's doing. If you can't handle it do something about it. Don't just sit on your a*s all day and rant about things you'll never have the influential power to change. Cool it and get a life. You seem to have something against this guy. Its a tad pathetic to watch you expend your energy, thinking you're going to make a difference. You're attacking a man who may have been better off than you at some point in his life and you attack a government agency that has done good. Its impossible to make every right decision, but at least they try to do their job. What job are you getting done by writing comment after comment? Are you helping save the world? No, you're helping to save your ego... as you write with an anonymous name. Good luck to ya... <sarcasm

Godot 8 years, 3 months ago

People in the military who get themselves into major financial difficulty are not allowed to deploy outside the US. Why? Because they are a security risk. People who have problems with money may be willing to sell information, sell equipment, or, in the case of those who have it, sell access for the money they so badly need.

Makes sense to me.

Government employees in high places who cannot handle their personal debt should be closely monitored.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 8 years, 3 months ago

"The very plain and simple truth"

Oh, puhleeze, "the very simple and plain truth" bites you in the a$$ every day, and you have the amazing disability to ignore it, day after day.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 8 years, 3 months ago

"I don't know Bremby from a hole in the wall"

But you're more than willing to smear him for no discernible reason.

paladin 8 years, 3 months ago

All you folks otta be ashamed a yerselves. If you were really the kinda people ya perceive yerselves as bein', ya would be.

Jackalope 8 years, 3 months ago

Pogo may be a paranoiac, clinically depressed and throughly depressing human being, but his/her analysis of the state of hiring practices in the KDHE and nearly all other state agencies is essentially and fundamentally correct.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 8 years, 3 months ago

"He signed up for the scrutinization when he became a political hack and political appointee."

Like ASBESTOS, you clearly don't know the difference between scrutinization and idle speculation.

Apparently, his wife really did have a serious medical condition that affected her ability to work. If that really is the primary source of their financial problems, then that's pretty much the end of this story.

If he's been mismanaging KDHE in any way, then he deserves to be canned from his job. But this bankruptcy, in and of itself, tells us absolutely nothing about his job performance, and provides no basis for his firing.

With regard to the settlement, giving up their house, and paying $1200 a month for five years to pay off creditors, none of us is in a position to say whether that's "fair" or not. Obviously, the court thought it was, and unlike you, they actually have some information upon which to base their opinion.

acg 8 years, 3 months ago

Wow, you guys are especially venimous today, aren't you? They're having a bit of financial difficulty and a lot of you are insinuating that he can't be trusted with the KDHE budget. Are you suggesting that because of his financial problems at home he's going to automatically loot the coffers at KDHE? That's incredibly presumptuous isn't it? Dr. Bremby was also my doctor. She's a fantastic lady and a great doctor. I've had reason to be exposed to her hubby in relation to my job and he's a very nice man, also. But you guys have got him robbing KDHE and running off with the cash! Not to mention all of the hatred I'm hearing regarding the fact that they are both well paid in their professions. Jealous, much? Hateful jerks.

concernedparent 8 years, 3 months ago

Actually she took a leave of absence for quite some time due to a medical condition. I used to be her patient. She is a great doctor with a great big heart.

ASBESTOS 8 years, 3 months ago

"Are you suggesting that because of his financial problems at home he's going to automatically loot the coffers at KDHE?"

Any different that Tom Delay, Newt Gingrich, or that other political representative that ws in financial straits and took bribes and was convicted.

If you think the Abramhof tyoe of corruption was isolated to only the Federal Government, you are insane.

You have 3 insiders questioning things here and it is obvious things need to be looked at.

Mean are tried by temptation. And it IS the PUBLIC's MONEY!!!!

Bremby is also the guy getting a "double dip" being on the "Kansas Health Policy Authority"

http://www.khpa.ks.gov/AuthorityBoard/default.html

You also need to check out this "shadow" double redundant organization. It does thing s the KDHE DOH is supposed to do but cannot

http://www.khpa.ks.gov/

Yes there is money flowing away from Kansans and into bearucratic black holes with no value gained.

THIS NEEDS TO BE INVESTIGATED along with all THE INCOMPETENCE at KDHE!!!!!

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 8 years, 3 months ago

"Any different that Tom Delay, Newt Gingrich, or that other political representative that ws in financial straits and took bribes and was convicted."

Given that you've provided nothing more than speculation of wrongdoing, I'd say this is very different from Tom DeLay and Newt Gingrich, although to my knowledge, neither of them has yet to be convicted of anything-- but I think that will happen eventually in DeLay's case.

acg 8 years, 3 months ago

"paranoia paranoia, everybody's coming to get me...."

paperclip 8 years, 3 months ago

I took a buy out from my job several years ago and Dr. Bremby knew I would not have any insurance for a while after that. She told my husband and myself if we need any medical help to let her know and she would help anyway she possibly could. She said don't worry about not having insurance. This is a fantastic lady!!! She was my doctor for years and there is not a better one out there I can tell you that. I do not know Rod but he couldn't be that bad married to this thoughtful caring woman. I am sorry they are having such a hard time. I wish them only the best wishes and if she is ever around here as a doctor again I would be first in line to see her if nothing else just to wish her luck. I hope they do not read all this so much crap that you all have put on here but if they are reading this > I miss you as my doctor and I wish you only the very best health and happiness.

ASBESTOS 8 years, 3 months ago

I guess the scuttlebutt at the Capitol that they are asking for Bremby to resign then is not true?

The Gov. knows "damaged goods" when she sees it.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 8 years, 3 months ago

"I guess the scuttlebutt at the Capitol that they are asking for Bremby to resign then is not true?"

Whether it's "true" has absolutely no weight in your choice to spread the rumor, does it?

Linda Endicott 8 years, 3 months ago

I never once said that the man dipped his fingers into the money at KDHE and helped himself. That was someone else.

I'm just saying that if he does not have the skill and the knowledge to manage his own money, then he does not have the skill and the knowledge to manage other people's money.

ASBESTOS 8 years, 3 months ago

" If and when I find out his identity, I intend to fully do same to him. And I'm tracking him very hard."

Would the LJWorld staf get this post and this person removed for "stalking", and threatening post.

ASBESTOS 8 years, 3 months ago

So big egon on the internet, what is it that "I intend to fully do same to him."

How is that not threatening?

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Godot 8 years, 3 months ago

Pogo is right about credit checks.

Perhaps the next legislature should consider implementing the practice of pulling credit reports on high-ranking government employees prior to their annual review. After all, if good credit is a criteria for obtaining employment in a highly sensitive position, surely it should be a factor in determining if an appointment is continued.

The joke in my post is the assumption that appointees who earn high salaries are reviewed for job performance and adequacy. Once you get to that level, it is not what you do that matters....

imagold 8 years, 2 months ago

So sorry, Dr. Bremby. I feel for you. The situation is embarassing enough and then to have it splashed across the newspaper... If everyone who's ever done something they weren't proud of or fell on hard times had it publicized, there wouldn't be quite so many posts out here. I've never understood why bankruptcies need to be published in the paper anyway. What possible reason is there except to embarass?

My best to you and your family. I miss having you as my physician.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 8 years, 2 months ago

Pogo-- you may have a point about the credit checks, but bandying about ill-defined terms such as "hack" really isn't helpful.

Bremby's performance as the head of KDHE should be reviewed, just as the performance of all department heads should reviewed. If he's not doing his job satisfactorily, he should be replaced. He shouldn't be replaced just because you don't like people who have jobs like his.

ASBESTOS 8 years, 2 months ago

"Roderick Bremby, 5221 Eisenhower Place, Lawrence, and April Bremby, 1129 Somerset Circle, Lawrence."

The 2 addresses in the bankruptcy notice in the LJWORLD.

Link was above.

ksdivakat 8 years, 2 months ago

OMG...you people are incredible! First of all April had cancer...yeah can you say that???!!!! She had a terrible form of cancer for 3 years, and there is no "professional courtesy" when you have medical bills like that! I pray that none of you EVER have to experience that in your life! Who cares if they had 2 houses or if they have 10! She went to college for 8-10 years and racked up at least 250K in student loans,so if they want to buy 10 houses they are entitled, she didnt expect to get cancer, did ya ever consider that? And the Governor orders an audit yearly of the budget....If he was dipping youd know it. How about not hanging them until you know the whole story?? I hope that all of you who had hateful, predjuicial things to say are eating crow and choking on it right about now!!

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Linda Endicott 8 years, 2 months ago

Okay, now I'm confused...

One person who claims to know, posted here that Dr. Bremby had a heart virus.

Now another person, who also claims to know, says that she had cancer.

Which one was it?

Kathy Getto 8 years, 2 months ago

Gosh, Marion, that's rather big of you, would the lack of abortion or weapon subject matter be the source of your compassion?

nutcase - the answer to your question: they are cowards hiding behind an anonymous profile.

GSWtotheheart 8 years, 2 months ago

Marion: You forgot to say,

"HYPOCRITES"

and

"Thanks

Marion"

I'm shocked!!!

Godot 8 years, 2 months ago

Unfortunately, loss of privacy is a tradeoff you accept when you ask for relief from debt under the bankruptcy laws. Kind of like making a deal with the devil.

Godot 8 years, 2 months ago

And, loss of privacy is another tradeoff you accept when you become the head of a major government agency.

Godot 8 years, 2 months ago

nutcase, loss of privacy should not translate into personal attacks. My post was for those who questioned why this matter was public.

abbynormal 8 years, 2 months ago

Is it anyone's business what Dr Bremby suffered from? It seems like there was some form of illness that made her unable to work. A lack of income and unexpected medical bills are enough to mess up any family's cash flow and tie things up. These posts are getting rather childish. Maybe these fueds can be taken elsewhere unless all of you are hellbent on bickering and making political jabs at one another. Otherwise, maybe its best if we get ouf of these people's business and grow up?

ASBESTOS 8 years, 2 months ago

"And the Governor orders an audit yearly of the budget....If he was dipping youd know it. "

Negative KDHE was audited about 10 years ago.

You do not know what you are talking about.

ASBESTOS 8 years, 2 months ago

"Also if Mr Bremby employer is satisfied with his job performance, why all the job questions from people who are clueless about what his performance is? "

We DO know what his job performance is, and not very good? Another "absent manager" style, who shifts the focus of theproblem instead of correcting it.

ASBESTOS 8 years, 2 months ago

just got this message from someone that works inside the State Agency that know what is going on. I am choosing to relay the message in hope an offical sees what is going on and starts the necessary investigations. I am keeping that information on the identity of the person whom gave this info confidential. There IS a contract with KDHE for the Secretary's Brother in law.

"a good start - audit brembys brother-in-laws contract that he gave out

2 addresses = seperation and soon divorced, which btw, divorce is simplified by the elimination of much of the family debt by filing for bankrupcy, the medical reason is political cover"

ASBESTOS 8 years, 2 months ago

When people on the inside see the same thing theose on the "outside" see it is clear this is not the leadership the Kansas Taxpayers are paying for.

Linda Endicott 8 years, 2 months ago

I know nothing about his brother in law getting a KDHE contract, but...

Uh...if Bremby has sisters himself, then one of their husbands would also be his brother in law. It doesn't have to be the brother of his wife.

ASBESTOS 8 years, 2 months ago

How about that brother in law of Bremby's getting that contract, anyone from the LJWorld look into that???

ASBESTOS 8 years, 2 months ago

His borther in law getting a KDHE contract?

abbynormal 8 years, 2 months ago

i'm pretty sure April doesn't have a brother

ASBESTOS 8 years, 2 months ago

The 3 KDHE employees that emailed me do know about it. I think it is getting reported through "channels" now.

I do not know who the brother is, but it still needs looked at.

abbynormal 8 years, 2 months ago

ASBESTOS- So, I think its safe to assume that what you constitute as a life is basically snooping into other people's lives and fixating on situations in which your opinion will never matt.

Good luck with that.

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