- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 24, 2014

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - A longtime legislative liaison and manager for the Kansas commission that regulates utilities will oversee payroll, parking, secretarial and other services for state lawmakers, starting next month.

The Kansas Legislature’s top leaders have hired Tom Day as director of legislative administrative services. Day is the acting executive director of the Kansas Corporation Commission, and he’s been its legislative liaison and a public service executive since 1999.

Day expects to start in his new job on Jan. 7, five days before legislators open their annual, 90-day session. He’ll replace Jeff Russell, who retired in September after nearly 17 years.

Day’s appointment Tuesday had bipartisan support, with top lawmakers pointing to his experience both as a liaison and in handling personnel and building management issues with the commission.

“We were looking for political experience within the Capitol building, knowledge of how things work here, and we were also looking for executive management experience,” said Senate President Susan Wagle, a Wichita Republican.

Day, 61, from Lawrence, was a management analyst an information-resource specialist before becoming legislative liaison. His duties also include managing the Kansas Corporation Commission’s docket of cases.

Day said after legislative leaders met to approve his hiring that he’s always admired the administrative services director, including Russell and his predecessor.

His office administers the Legislature’s budget and parking on the Capitol grounds and ensures that the Legislature has equipment and supplies. It also ensures that legislative bills and resolutions are accessible to the public and maintains records of legislative committee meetings.

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