Topeka – Governor Sam Brownback today named Tim Keck as Secretary of the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services (KDADS).

Keck has served as Interim Secretary of KDADS since January 2016. Since his interim appointment, Keck has been instrumental in bringing Osawatomie State Hospital to the point of applying for federal recertification, and has made great strides in addressing the chronic staff shortages at both Osawatomie State Hospital and Larned State Hospital, among many other accomplishments. Previously, Keck served as Chief Counsel for the office of the Lt. Governor, and the Deputy Chief Counsel at the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE). As a member of the leadership team at KDHE, he worked closely with KDHE Secretary Susan Mosier on a variety of issues impacting the aging and disability communities. Keck received his Juris Doctor from Washburn University School of Law in 1991.

“Tim Keck continues to bring a wealth of knowledge and leadership to KDADS,” said Governor Brownback. “He has demonstrated a depth of understanding of the needs of disabled Kansans over the past 8 months, and will continue to work to address the challenges KDADS currently faces.”

“I am honored that Governor Brownback has appointed me to this position, and that he has trusted me with the tasks that lie ahead,” said Secretary Keck. “I am committed to serving the most vulnerable Kansans, our aging, the mentally ill and disabled citizens who look to us for assistance. I look forward to working with the Governor, the Legislature and those Kansans we serve to meet these challenges.”

This appointment will require confirmation by the Kansas State Senate.