Kansas Attorney General Names New Top Assistant

By: The Associated Press; Greg Palmer
By: The Associated Press; Greg Palmer

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt has a new top assistant.

Schmidt announced last week that Jeff Chanay is the new deputy chief attorney general. Chanay previously led the office's civil litigation division.

Chanay joined the attorney general's staff when Schmidt took office in January 2011. He'd previously had a private law practice in Topeka for 24 years.

As chief deputy, he'll replace John Campbell, who'd also been with Schmidt from the beginning of his tenure but stepped down for health reasons.

Campbell began working in the attorney general's office in 1981, rising to chief deputy in 1995, under Republican Carla Stovall. He worked as the Insurance Department's chief counsel for eight years, starting in 2003, before returning to the attorney general's office in 2011.


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