TOPEKA — Gov.-elect Laura Kelly announced four members of a transition team Wednesday to work with Gov. Jeff Colyer's administration on the transfer of power in January.
"I am committed to building a bipartisan team to lead Kansas," said Kelly, a Topeka Democrat in the Kansas Senate. "To assist me in this transition process, I have brought on folks with experience in previous transitions to provide guidance and expertise."
The initial focus of the transition will be on state budget issues and gathering information about operation of Cabinet agencies.
The group includes Duane Goossen, a former Republican member of the Kansas House who also worked on the transition teams of Republican Gov. Bill Graves and Democratic Govs. Kathleen Sebelius and Mark Parkinson. He was the state's secretary of administration from 2004 to 2011 and the state's budget director from 1998 to 2011.
Others on the transition team are Natalie Haag, general counsel for Capitol Federal Savings Bank and former Graves administration chief of staff and general counsel; Joyce Allegrucci, former chief of staff to Sebelius; and Jordanna Ziegler, Kelly's campaign manager.
"With these experienced leaders, I expect this transition to be deliberate, thorough and thoughtful in order to provide Kansans confidence in their state government," Kelly said.