Kansas Governor Sam Brownback has named Tim Keck as Secretary of the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services (KDADS). The governor announced the appointment today (MON). Keck has served as Interim Secretary of KDADS since January. Keck served previously as Chief Counsel for the office of the Lt. Governor, and the Deputy Chief Counsel at the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE). Keck received his Juris Doctor from Washburn University School of Law in 1991. Governor Brownback said, "Tim Keck continues to bring a wealth of knowledge and leadership to KDADS. He has demonstrated a depth of understanding of the needs of disabled Kansans over the past 8 months, and will continue to work to address the challenges KDADS currently faces.” Secretary Keck said, "I am committed to serving the most vulnerable Kansans, our aging, the mentally ill and disabled citizens who look to us for assistance." Keck's appointment requires confirmation by the Kansas Senate.
As Heartland Health Monitor’s Jim McLean reports, Keck has had his hands full since taking the job on an interim basis in January.
Jim McLean is a reporter for the KHI News Service in Topeka. He's also a contributor to Heartland Health Monitor, a reporting collaboration focused on health issues and their impact in Kansas and Missouri. The partners — Kansas Public Radio, KCUR, KMUW, KCPT Public Television and the KHI News Service --- strive to bring listeners and readers timely, accurate and comprehensive coverage of health and health-related issues.