Archive for Friday, January 7, 2011

Kansas Governor-elect Sam Brownback names prisons chief, other leaders

January 7, 2011, 7:46 a.m. Updated January 7, 2011, 2:48 p.m.


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— Kansas Gov.-elect Sam Brownback has announced three key appointments in his administration.

During an appearance Friday in Wichita, he nominated former House Speaker Robin Jennison to lead the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks. The job had been held since late 2001 by former Gov. Mike Hayden.

The governor also named Curtis Whitten to head the Kansas Juvenile Justice Authority. Whitten formerly worked for the state corrections department as a court service officer and for the federal Drug Enforcement Administration as a criminal investigator. He is now president of security company.

Brownback's pick for the secretary of aging is Shawn Sullivan. Sullivan is the executive director of the Kansas Masonic Home, a nonprofit long-term-care facility in Wichita.


Joe Blackford II 7 years, 5 months ago

Brownback's Secretary of the Dept. of Wildlife & Parks will discover Kansas is 50th, well maybe 49th, in per capita public lands. That means there is more land per person to enjoy in Rhode Island than here in KS. Book your next wilderness experience with your Local Postmaster, as the green space out front is included in that figure!

Although a native Kansan, I've also lived in Michigan & Missouri (0.5 % sales tax for DoC).

Most KS parks are based upon 1950-60s Corps of Engineer lakes rapidly silting in. The side-scanning sonar search for that kid @ John Redmond Reservoir showed most of the lake was only 7 feet deep (other than original Neosho river & creek channels). Take a trip to Tuttle Creek Reservoir, where the majority of boat ramps were abandoned years ago: Baldwin Creek, Garrison, Fancy Creek Marina, Randolph N, Carnahan Creek.

There are a couple of non-stagnant-pool KS State Parks: Sandhills & Mushroom Rocks (~ 10 acres).

Hayden has been lauded for WIHA, but the majority of that land is in Western KS. Many E KS WIHAs consist of crop stubble from ditch to ditch, or vast pastures offering no food plots for upland birds. The adjacent cover & food plots are No Hunting (read Leased). Since it is illegal to hunt roadsides, the cover in the ditch is OFF LIMITS.

My wife & I have been interrogated by an angry land-owner (read outfitter) who wanted to know what we were doing on a Public Road. Many landowners around Tuttle place NO HUNTING signs to strategically give the impression the adjacent CoE land is private.

As outdoor recreation is set to see a significant increase with the retirement of "baby boomers," look for most of them to drive right across KS, noting in their travel guides that KANSAS IS 50TH IN PER CAPITA PUBLIC LANDS.

average 7 years, 5 months ago

As much as it pains me to say it, Missouri's MDC gets it very, very right on conservation areas, and it really does bring visitors to the state (my family for one). And I'm not even a hunter.

timetospeakup 7 years, 5 months ago

It's pretty sad that the Dept of Commerce slogan is "Kansas - As Big As You Think" but so little of these supposed wide open spaces are open to the public.

Centerville 7 years, 5 months ago

That's all we need: retired baby boomers who think that the government should own most of the land and that the people who are still working should be forced to pay the bill to maintain it.

Bob_Keeshan 7 years, 5 months ago

Thankfully nobody is saying that. Well, the voices in your head are saying that...

Alceste 7 years, 5 months ago

The "headline" says the DOC Secretary had been named. It's not in the article? Rather some security boob is named to the Kansas Juvenile Justice Authority. That is not corrections.

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