Secretary of the Kansas Department of Transportation Mike King will resign from his post next month. Governor Sam Brownback's office announced today (WED) that King's resignation is effective on July 15. King has served as KDOT Secretary since March, 2012. Secretary King's departure comes in the wake of repeated transfers of hundreds of millions of dollars from KDOT to shore up the state's operating budget. Since 2010, KDOT officials say the department has transferred nearly $2 billion to the state general fund. Most transfers have been to help balance the Kansas budget.
“I am grateful for the vision and leadership of Mike King,” said Governor Brownback. “His experience and construction knowledge have been instrumental in maintaining our nationally recognized highways."
King said, “It has been a pleasure to work with the Governor for these past four years in providing a transportation network that meets the needs of all Kansans. My family and I look forward to returning to private business in south central Kansas, leaving fond memories of our time working with the Governor, legislators, and citizens across the entire state."
Former State Representative Richard Carlson will serve as interim secretary until a permanent replacement is named. Carlson, who served in the legislature for 10 years, most recently was the legislative liaison for the Kansas Department of Revenue.