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Newsroom Secretary Gilmore announces appointment of interim Larned Hospital superintendent

TOPEKA – Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services Secretary Phyllis Gilmore announced today the appointment of Thomas Kinlen to serve as Interim Superintendent of Larned State Hospital. Dr. Kinlen takes the place of Christopher Burke, who resigned Monday.


Dr. Kinlen has a PhD in Clinical Psychology from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas.  He has served as Director of Psychology at Larned State Hosptial since September, 2008. A member of the American Psychological Association and the American-Psychology Law Society, Dr. Kinlen is the author of numerous articles in learned professional journals regarding forensics and psychology.


He will begin his duties immediately.


“We are fortunate that Thomas Kinlen was on board and able to step in, on an interim basis, while we conduct a nationwide search for a new permanent superintendent,” Secretary Gilmore said.  “His credentials are impeccable and he has been on staff at Larned State Hospital since 2003, so he is familiar with our personnel and our challenges.”


“I would like to thank Chris Burke, who is leaving to pursue other career opportunities, for his service to the hospital and to the state,” Secretary Gilmore added.