- Associated Press - Monday, August 1, 2016

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback is promoting his interim secretary for aging and disability services to secretary.

Brownback’s office announced the move Monday. Tim Keck has been the top administrator at the Department for Aging and Disability Services since January.

Keck previously worked as an attorney at the Department of Health and Environment and for Lt. Gov. Jeff Colyer.

He took over at KDADS shortly after the federal government decertified the state’s mental hospital in Osawatomie. The department applied last week to have part of the hospital recertified.

Keck’s new appointment as secretary will require state Senate confirmation next year. There’d been some bipartisan concern about Keck not being promoted earlier so his appointment could have been considered before lawmakers adjourned their annual session June 1.

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