Craghead to lead parks and tourism

Linda Craghead, of Alma, has been selected to direct Kansas’ state parks and tourism departments. She was appointed by Robin Jennison, Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism secretary.

Linda Craghead, of Alma, has been selected to direct state parks and tourism for the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism.

Gov. Sam Brownback signed an order merging the tourism department into Wildlife and Parks on Wednesday. He appointed Jennison to lead the agency on Jan. 7.

If the legislature takes no action to halt the merger within 60 days the departments will be officially merged on July 1. Craghead is temporarily assigned to direct state parks and tourism until then when she’ll officially become Parks and Tourism assistant secretary under Jennison.

Craghead, 47, has been the event coordinator for the annual Symphony in the Flint Hills concert and promoting economic development in the Flint Hills.

“I want people to understand the atmosphere and wonderful quality of life we have in Kansas. We truly are the heart and soul of America,” Craghead said. “Kansans need to take pride in that and share it with others on every opportunity that we can.”