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  • Brownback appoints his team

  • A day after Kansas Gov. Mark Parkinson announced a transition team to help Gov.-elect Sam Brownback move into office in January, Brownback named his own team to help with the move.

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  • A day after Kansas Gov. Mark Parkinson announced a transition team to help Gov.-elect Sam Brownback move into office in January, Brownback named his own team to help with the move.
    Brownback defeated State Sen. Tom Holland, of Baldwin City, in Tuesday’s general election.
    Former State Rep. Kenny Wilk was tabbed to lead the transition team for Brownback.
    “I feel very fortunate to have this eclectic and talented transition team,” Wilk said. 
    “Gov-Elect Brownback and Lt. Gov-Elect Colyer have assembled a group of gifted individuals.”
    Other members of the transition team include Wyandotte Co. Republican Chair Chiquita Coggs, State Sen. Jay Emler, former House Speaker Kent Glasscock, former State Sen. Nick Jordan, State Rep. Lance Kinzer, former Garden City Mayor Dennis Mesa, former House Speaker Chief of Staff Sue Peterson and Wichita City Councilwoman Sue Schlapp.
    That team will work with Parkinson’s transition team of Lt. Gov. Troy Findley, Chief of Staff Rae Ann Davis and transition director J. Russell Jennings.
    “Both Sam (Brownback) and I are committed to a smooth transition so that Kansans will not see a delay in the delivery of state government services,” said Parkinson.
    On Wednesday, crews began setting up Brownback’s transition office in Topeka.
    Both Glasscock and Peterson currently hold positions at Kansas State University.
    Glasscock is president of the National Institute for Strategic Technology Acquisitions and Commercialization while Peterson serves as director of governmental relations for the university.
    “Creating broad prosperity from the midst of today’s frustrating economic uncertainty is the first order of business for the new administration,” Glasscock said. “I look forward to assisting the governor-elect in every possible way to initially advance his critically important ‘grow Kansas’ agenda.”
    Brownback said that his transition team will focus on areas that include preparing the governor’s state budget, legislative package, cabinet and high-level appointments and the inaugural.
    “We are excited to have such a high caliber group of Kansans that truly reflects the diversity and strength of our state,” Brownback said. “Their varied expertise, involvements and experiences in government, including members of the last two Republican transition teams, will ensure a smooth transition.”
    Matthew Clark can be reached at matthew.clark@morningsun.net or at 620-231-2600, Ext. 140
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