Governor Sam Brownback announced Wednesday that Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) Secretary Mike King will be resigning effective July 15.
“I am grateful for the vision and leadership of Mike King,” said Governor Brownback. “His experience and construction knowledge have been instrumental in maintaining our nationally recognized highways. I appreciate Mike’s dedication to serving the people of Kansas.”
During King’s tenure, KDOT and the Kansas Turnpike Authority (KTA) achieved flexibility in delivering transportation services to Kansas and increased efficiencies in inter-agency workings. Both organizations are in billion-dollar plus highway and technology programs to meet the current preservation needs, future expansion and increasing volume of multi-modal freight.
“It has been a pleasure to work with the Governor for these past four years in providing a transportation network that meets the needs of all Kansans. I have enjoyed the opportunity to serve my home state and am proud of the accomplishments by the entire KDOT and KTA team members," said Secretary King.
“My family and I look forward to returning to private business in south central Kansas, leaving fond memories of our time working with the Governor, legislators, and citizens across the entire state. We have made many friendships that will last a life time."
King will be resigning KDOT to take a private-sector job with an unnamed Wichita company, which will allow him to return to his home in Hesston, according to the Salina Journal.
King served as president of King Enterprise Group in McPherson before becoming secretary for KDOT in March of 2012. Former State Representative Richard Carlson will serve as interim secretary until a permanent hire is made.
Carlson, who served in the legislature for 10 years, most recently was the legislative liaison for the Kansas Department of Revenue.