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Review of SRS executive’s last emails doesn’t explain reasons for resignation

June 5, 2012


A Journal-World open records request for emails written and received by a former high-ranking Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services official revealed no additional information about his abrupt resignation in January.

Pedro Moreno, deputy secretary for disability and behavioral health services, resigned Jan. 23. SRS has declined comment about the resignation.

The Journal-World requested emails from Moreno’s state email account for the two weeks prior to his resignation. Nearly 1,000 pages of emails, at a cost of $283, made no reference to the resignation.

However, 14 sets of emails, including 151 email chains, were denied in the request for a variety of Kansas Open Records Act exemptions, such as for personnel matters and internal policy recommendations.

Moreno’s duties included oversight of state mental health facilities, such as Larned State Hospital. He also oversaw addiction and prevention services, as well as the Kansas Neurological Institute. Moreno was hired Feb. 13, 2011, by SRS Secretary Robert Siedlecki.

Before coming to Kansas, Moreno worked in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and more recently in a supervisory role with the state of Florida.

Gary Haulmark, former member of the Kansas Legislature and legislative director at SRS, was appointed to Moreno’s former position in April.


OldEnuf2BYurDad 5 years, 10 months ago

The reason he left will probably never be known. I happen to know, and it's not the political reasons you'd assume.

I think the LJW knows why, but they are looking for proof of what they already know so they can report on it. They requested Moreno's emails, but not Sidleki's? Why is a Deputy Secretary's emails more important to the LJW than the Secretary's?

Think about it.

OldEnuf2BYurDad 5 years, 10 months ago

I can't. I know what I know because others trusted me with the info (the "good guys" trusted me).

I'm pretty sure that what the LJW needs will be found in COURT records. Since that's public, I'm not giving anything up.

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