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Newsroom Secretary Daniels to retire
12/8/2006

Governor names Don Jordan SRS secretary
 
Social and Rehabilitation Services Secretary Gary Daniels announced his retirement today. For nearly 40 years, Sec. Daniels has dedicated himself to helping fellow Kansans in need of social services.
 
I understand Gary's desire to retire and I thank him for his outstanding service, said Governor Sebelius. Gary has provided excellent leadership in his department, doing more with less in order to increase the level of service to Kansans. Gary's commitment to helping the vulnerable residents of our state will be missed.
 
Sec. Daniels was appointed Cabinet Secretary of SRS in the fall of 2005. As Secretary, he oversaw the operation of one of the state's largest agencies with an approximate budget of $2.2 billion and 6,500 employees.
 
Sec. Daniels previously served as Superintendent of Parsons State Hospital and Training Center (PSH&TC) from 1979 until 2004.
 
Sebelius named Don Jordan, who currently serves as commissioner of the Juvenile Justice Authority, to succeed Daniels at SRS.
 
Don has done an excellent job at JJA, working to help the juveniles in his agency's custody stay out of the criminal justice system. I'm happy he's agreed to take on this new challenge by becoming SRS secretary and am confident the Senate will agree that he's the right man for the job, said Sebelius.
 
Don brings to the position a wealth of knowledge in the areas of child welfare, mental health, and state facilities management.
 
Cabinet officials are confirmed by the Senate and serve at the pleasure of the Governor.