Search For State Commerce Secretary Continues

Interviews are underway as Gov. Sam Brownback’s administration searches for a new commerce secretary.

Brownback spokeswoman Eileen Hawley said the administration doesn’t have a time frame for announcing a nominee. She also didn’t disclose how many potential candidates have been interviewed so far.

The Department of Commerce has been without a permanent chief since former Secretary Pat George resigned in July to accept a job to become president and CEO of a nonprofit alcohol and substance abuse treatment center based in Norton.

Brownback initially nominated Leawood businessman George Hansen for the post. However, he withdrew on the eve of his confirmation hearing before a Senate committee, citing potential conflicts of interest because a relative has had extensive business dealings with the Commerce Department.

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Now in his third year as News Director at KD-Country 94 and Z-96.3 The Lake, Chad is a jack of not all, but many trades. He spent previous years of his working life in hotel management, event planning, security, the aviation industry, staff writing for a newspaper, and as a small business owner. He began doing play-by-play of high school sports for KDNS and KZDY in 2009 and came to work full time for the stations in July of 2015. He is the father of an eight year old daughter who enjoys spending his free time with her, his very significant other and her children. His favorite activities include attending live music and sporting events as well as being a singer/songwriter. A natural conversationalist, he also enjoys a good discussion/debate on a myriad of topics from current events and politics to sports and philosophy. He resides in Beloit with his daughter and continues to write sports and meeting stories for the local newspaper.