- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 20, 2014

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback is shuffling his administration, naming the head of the state’s aging and disabilities agency to be his new budget director.

The governor announced Tuesday that Shawn Sullivan, secretary of the Department for Aging and Disabilities Services, will be the state’s new budget director. He takes over for Jon Hummel, who had filled the post on an interim basis. Sullivan will remain director of hospitals while serving as budget director.

Brownback is filling the KDADS vacancy with Kari Bruffet, who has been serving as director of the Division of Health Care Finance in the Department of Health and Environment.

Bruffet has played in a lead role in implementing the state’s KanCare Medicaid program for the poor, elderly and disabled.

Both appointments are effective June 9.

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