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Newsroom Siedlecki first secretary to visit Salina and Concordia offices in decades

When SRS Secretary Rob Siedlecki visited the Salina and Concordia service centers earlier this week, it was the first time those locations hosted a secretary in decades.

The Secretary is on a statewide tour visiting local offices across the state, chat with staff there, and listen to concerns. 

“There’s a level of professionalism coming from the Secretary and his staff, it’s like there’s a different attitude,” said Linda Everhart, Supervisor for Elderly and Disabled for Salina and Concordia.

One veteran staffer at the Concordia office said a secretary hadn’t been out to that office in 28 years. Another long-time employee at the Salina office said he’s worked there for 17 years, and it was the first time a Secretary had visited and shook his hand. 

“Those little things can be some of the most important things,” Everhart said. 

She said employees were also very receptive to Siedlecki’s anti-fraud priorities. The agency is in the midst of hiring an anti-fraud director that will coordinate those efforts in an attempt to cut back on abuse agency wide. 

“We sometimes see it, but there’s nothing we can do about it. We suspect it but we don’t have the means to do anything about it,” Everhart said. “We’re hopeful that when we get the additional fraud staff we can have a different attitude, where people don’t come in and just expect us to give.”

The Secretary said he genuinely enjoys talking with SRS employees, and visiting the staffers in offices that serve Kansans every day. 

“These folks do such important work, I really appreciate being able to connect with them on these visits,” Siedlecki said.