TOPEKA – A former state legislator will head a Brownback transition team that includes Wichita City Council member Sue Schlapp.
Gov.-elect Sam Brownback announced the group that will pave the way for his new administration Thursday.
“Transitions are difficult and quick processes,” he said.
The team, headed by Kenny Wilk, a former state representative from Lansing, will prepare Brownback’s budget proposal and legislative package as well as help choose cabinet nominees and craft the State of the State address.
“I feel very fortunate that we have assembled an eclectic and very talented group of individuals. This is truly a gifted group,” Wilk said. The other members: Wyandotte County Republican Chairwoman Chiquita Coggs; state Sen. Jay Emler, Lindsborg; former House Speaker Kent Glasscock, Manhattan; former state Sen. Nick Jordan, Shawnee; state Rep. Lance Kinzer, Olathe; former Garden City Mayor Dennis Mesa; former House Speaker Chief of Staff Sue Peterson.
Schlapp said she was “pleased and honored to be included.”
In an interview later, Schlapp said that her position on the transition team won’t interfere with her role on the city council. She said it’s far to early to know whether Brownback would appoint her to a permanent position or if she would vacate her seat on the city council if that happened.
Browback, a Republican and current U.S. senator, also announced that his campaign manager, David Kensinger, would serve as his administration’s chief of staff. Kensinger previously served as the chief of staff in Brownback’s Washington D.C. office and as campaign manager for U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts.
Brownback said he hoped to start announcing his cabinet members and other high-level appointments soon so they could get to work crafting their department’s budgets.