TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) -- A longtime figure in state government says he is stepping down from the job in January.
The governor's communications director Eileen Hawley told 13 News Friday that Dennis Taylor is departing the Kansas Lottery at the end of the year. She says the governor's office was aware of his intention to depart for some time.
Hawley says Taylor is currently director of special projects for the lottery and spent six months as interim executive director before that. She says, by state statute, a person can only serve as interim executive director of the Kansas Lottery for six months.
Taylor previously was Governor Sam Brownback's secretary of administration. He previously served as Secretary of SRS and Human Resources under Gov. Mike Hayden.
In a letter announcing his plans, Taylor says he will join a U.S. consulting firm providing technical assistance and training to local governments in eastern Europe. He also said he will continued to live in Topeka and teach public management part time at Washburn University.
Hawley says the Lottery's deputy director, Sherriene Jones-Sontag, has served as interim executive director since mid-July. She says the Governor plans an announcement in the next couple weeks regarding a new appointee to permanently head up the Kansas Lottery.