Emails released this week are shining some light on the departure of former Kansas Secretary of Labor Karin Brownlee. She was removed from the position abruptly last month with little explanation. Brownlee, a former Republican state senator, had served in the job since 2011. Statehouse Reporter Stephen Koranda has more.
Governor Sam Brownback’s administration last month announced Brownlee was leaving her position as Secretary of Labor but didn’t say why. Brownlee told the Associated Press that she had been removed from the job. Emails obtained by the AP this week show Brownlee clashing with a staffer in the governor’s office. She wanted to reassign some employee duties in her agency, but was told she didn’t have authority to do it. Just three weeks later she was removed from the job. Brownlee has declined to comment about the emails.