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Brownback picks officials from KU Med, Florida to lead KDHESRS

Governor-elect Sam Brownback is interviewed in his transitional office at the Statehouse in Topeka. Brownback will take office as the new governor of Kansas Jan. 10, 2011.

Governor-elect Sam Brownback is interviewed in his transitional office at the Statehouse in Topeka. Brownback will take office as the new governor of Kansas Jan. 10, 2011.

January 3, 2011, 9:14 a.m. Updated January 3, 2011, 2:45 p.m.

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Dr. Robert Moser, director of rural health and outreach at Kansas University School of Medicine-Wichita, was picked by Gov.-elect Sam Brownback to be secretary of the Kansas Department of Health and Environment.

Dr. Robert Moser, director of rural health and outreach at Kansas University School of Medicine-Wichita, was picked by Gov.-elect Sam Brownback to be secretary of the Kansas Department of Health and Environment.

Robert Siedlecki, chief of staff for the Florida Department of Health, was picked by Gov.-elect Sam Brownback to be secretary of the Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services.

Robert Siedlecki, chief of staff for the Florida Department of Health, was picked by Gov.-elect Sam Brownback to be secretary of the Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services.

— Gov.-elect Sam Brownback on Monday picked two Cabinet officials that he said will focus on protecting health services for families, including removing disincentives to marriage.

Dr. Robert Moser was selected as secretary of the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, and Rob Siedlecki was picked to lead the Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services.

Moser, a family physician, is currently the director of rural health and outreach at the Kansas University School of Medicine-Wichita. Siedlecki is currently chief of staff at the Florida Department of Health.

"As we said during the campaign, preserving the family is essential to preserving freedom," Brownback said at a Capitol news conference.

Brownback said his administration will work to remove disincentives to marriage, defend the dignity of life, increase adoptions, and protect health insurance options.

Brownback said some people receiving assistance now decide not to marry because if they did they would lose their benefits. Brownback said he wants to change that situation so that people could get married and maintain their assistance.

"People want to support healthy marriages," he said. Brownback said he also wants to overhaul the way Kansas delivers Medicaid services. He said the services need to get better and the costs decrease.

Both appointments are subject to Senate confirmation. Brownback takes office Jan. 10.

The Department of Health and Environment has been at the center of a long-running political fight over energy policy and plans by a Hays-based utility, Sunflower Electric Power Corp., to build a coal-fired power plant in Finney County in southwest Kansas. Last month, Acting Secretary John Mitchell issued an air-quality permit that Sunflower needed to move ahead with its $2.8 billion project.

Brownback is a strong supporter of the Sunflower project.

The department also administers public health programs and coordinates the state's efforts to deal with disease outbreaks and epidemics. Its current budget is $240 million, and it has a staff of more than 1,000 employees.

Moser's background seemed more aligned with that side of the agency.

The Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services has about 6,300 employees and operates six hospitals for the developmentally disabled and mentally ill. Its budget exceeds $1.7 billion, making it the third-largest in state government, behind the Department of Education, which distributes aid to public schools, and the higher education system.

SRS oversees foster care for troubled children, with its workers assessing whether children should be removed from their families over allegations of abuse and neglect. That's repeatedly led to legislative scrutiny — and public criticism — of its decisions.

Siedlecki has worked for the federal government's Administration for Children and Families before joining the Florida Department of Health.

Comments

Alceste 3 years, 1 month ago

Here "we" are at the end of March, 2011, and people are just NOW understanding what I was referring to when I posted about "faith based" stuff? FUNNNNYYYY!!!!!

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ksriver2010 3 years, 3 months ago

Brownback's appointment of Dr. Moser strongly reasserts KDHE's attention on the "Health" part of the agency name rather than the "Environment". That may be a good thing.

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Alceste 3 years, 3 months ago

Brownback isn't doing anything different with SRS when one looks at who has been "in charge": Don Jordan? Huh? Laura Howard: Who's that? Janet Skalansky? Huh? She really ran that outfit into the ground and then "retired" only to surface at the Kansas Children's Service (Pimp) League; Gary Daniels? A true genius, right.

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Alceste 3 years, 3 months ago

Because he is a Republican crony:

"Robert Siedlecki, Jr., is the Chief of Staff of the Florida Department of Health. Prior to his current position, Rob served for almost six years in the federal government as Special Assistant to the Assistant Secretary for Children and Families in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and as Senior Legal Counsel to the Task Force for Faith-Based and Community Initiatives at the U.S. Department of Justice." ( http://www.doh.state.fl.us/chiefofstaff.html : Note: It doesn't even say what a "Chief of Staff" does! Another political appointee slot. Appears he lost an election: http://www.palmbeachpost.com/politics/content/local_news/election/races/house85.html "Professional: General counsel for SuperShuttle, a shared-ride company; previously an adviser at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in Washington, D.C.")

Can you read that there?: "Senior Legal Counsel to the Task Force for Faith-Based....".

This guy is nothing but a political hack. ("...served for almost six years in the federal government as Special Assistant to the Assistant Secretary....."; that is code speak for a political pay off job) What better type of person to "lead" SRS? The dolt has no clue what he is in for.....or perhaps he does.....he can wander about and babble on about Faith Based matters; talk about "stake holders" and play. Fun!

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Carol Bowen 3 years, 3 months ago

"... Rob Siedlecki was picked to lead the Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services."

Why would SB appoint someone from Florida for the head of SRS?

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