DCF Appoints New Deputy Secretary

By: Nick Viviani
By: Nick Viviani

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) -- The Kansas Dept. for Children and Families (DCF) named a new deputy secretary, Chuck Knapp, to lead its Operations division as well as the newly-created division of Public Affairs, DCF Secretary Phyllis Gilmore announced on Friday.

“We are pleased to welcome Chuck to the team,” Secretary Gilmore said. “His extensive experience in both public and private sectors will be a tremendous asset to DCF.”

An Augusta, Kan., native Knapp joins DCF after serving as the state's Administration Division's Director of Operations and Public Affairs. Prior to that, he worked for former U.S. Rep. Todd Tiahrt (R-Goddard).

Knapp's new role will have him oversee multiple DCF divisions, including Budget, Grants and Contracts, Property Management, Office of Information Technology Services, Communications, and Legislation/Policy.

“His leadership in both Operations and Public Affairs will help DCF better serve families and children in Kansas,” Secretary Gilmore said. “I look forward to working with him to improve efficiencies in the Department and to help us promote the many wonderful things DCF is doing to help people in need.”

He replaces Greg Harris, who served as the agency's Deputy Secretary of Operations from January 2011 until December 2013. Harris resigned last month to accept a role at a non-profit agency in Virginia, according to DCF.

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