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Office of Public Affairs

Welcome to the Office of Public Affairs. The office is charged with executing internal and external communications for the Department of Administration, including contact with media, assisting with Kansas Open Records Act requests and coordinating with other agency public information officers. The agency publishes a monthly newsletter, Connected, that is distributed to all Department of Administration employees.

The office also serves as the legislative liaison between the agency and the Kansas Legislature. The office works with legislators, the governor's office and other state agencies on policy matters and provides information to help guide decisions.

South Steps FridaysIn addition, the Office of Public Affairs coordinates the annual South Steps Fridays at the Kansas Statehouse. The event, complete with live music, provided through a partnership with the University of Kansas School of Music and Reach Out Kansas, and a variety of informational displays, provides a venue for visiting the beautiful and historic Kansas Statehouse and kick off the weekend. Learn about exciting and diverse Kansas attractions and organizations. Events are held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. every other Friday from the end of May until early August.  The events and space for providing information booths are free of charge.

Contact:
John Milburn, Director of Legislative and Public Affairs, 785.296.6866

Visiting Topeka
If you are planning a trip to Topeka to visit the Kansas Statehouse or other state office buildings, you can download a copy of the map of the area, including a location of state agencies housed in the Capitol Complex. Enjoy your visit. 

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Governor recognizes state employees for 40, 50 years of service

Sep 22, 2017

2017 Service Award Ceremony

TOPEKA, Kan. _
Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback on Friday presented service pins to more than two dozen state employees who have been working for the state for 40 and 50 years during an annual ceremony in the Statehouse.

The Governor noted that collectively the employees had more than 1,000 years of dedicated service to the state and its residents. He said that recent labor statistics show that the median number of years an employee stays with one employer is 3.2 years.

“In the public sector, that number doubles to 7.7 years,” the Governor said. “You are the exceptions, not the norm. Without your service, our civil system of government doesn’t function. We are grateful for your efforts.”

DSC_0113Secretary Sarah Shipman of the Department of Administration hosted the event, and told the crowd of more than 125 that the occasion was one of her favorite events of the year.

“This is a special time to say thank you for all that you have done and to celebrate your careers,” Shipman said.

George Dockery, an engineer with the Kansas Department of Transportation, was honored for his 50 years with the agency, serving in Southeast Kansas. He said the biggest change he has witnessed over his career is the efficiency of the agency and contractors to complete projects. Dockery also noted the efforts of three, 10-year transportation programs that have made significant improvements to roads across Kansas.

A brief bio of those honored Friday at the Statehouse can be found here. A list of all employees reaching the 40- and 50-year employment mark can be found here. Bios submitted by all recipients highlighting their career can be found here.

Photos from the ceremony are found here and can be downloaded by right-clicking on the image and saving. 

2017 Employee Service Pin Ceremony Photos