Governor Laura Kelly appointed Jeremiah Hobbs, La Crosse, to the Kansas Water Authority. 

“Jeremiah has a long history of experience with water-related issues in our state,” Kelly said. “We are excited to have him join our team. I know he will offer great insight into our water policies.”  

The water authority advises the governor, the Legislature and the director of the Kansas Water Office on water policy issues — including the approval of the Kansas Water Plan and revisions, federal contracts, administration regulations and legislation proposed by the Kansas Water Office.  

Hobbs currently serves as the district manager for the Wet Walnut Creek Watershed Joint District number 58. He is also the current vice chair for the State Association of Kansas Watersheds and a member of the Great Bend Prairie Regional Advisory Committee. Hobbs received a Master of Science in School Leadership from Baker University, a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Education from Oklahoma Panhandle State University and an associate degree in arts from Hutchinson Community College.  

Of the 11 Kansas Water Authority members appointed by the governor, six positions were expired or vacant this year. Kelly has already appointed four, including the new chairperson. She has one more appointment to the authority available.