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State Security Measures Under Fire in Wake of Employee Shooting

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas Department of Revenue is reviewing security at its offices after a shooting this week injured an employee in Wichita.  The agency moved out of the now-vacant Finney State Office Building in downtown Wichita three years ago as part of Governor Sam Brownback's push to privatize office space. That building had guards and other security for employees.  The Wichita Eagle reports there was no protection Tuesday when tax compliance agent Cortney Holloway was shot at the office. The suspect, 51-year-old Ricky Todd Wirths, of Wichita, owed nearly $400,000 in outstanding tax warrants.  Senator Oletha Faust-Goudeau, a Democrat from Wichita, and Robert Choromanski, head of the Kansas Organization of State Employees, both criticized the decision to provide no protection for state employees at offices the state rents from private owners.

 

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