Interim Kansas Secretary of Administration Named

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback has appointed Mark McGivern as interim secretary of the Department of Administration.

Brownback named McGivern on Thursday as the temporary replacement for Dennis Taylor, who is leaving to become executive director of the Kansas Lottery. A permanent secretary is expected to be named in the coming months.

McGivern currently directs the Office of Facilities and Property Management within the Department of Administration. The department oversees state purchasing, upkeep of state office buildings and computer and phone services for state agencies.

Taylor’s appointment as head of the Kansas Lottery becomes effective Friday. He succeeds Dennis Wilson, who resigned in November for health reasons.