The tenure of Gov. Sam Brownback's first choice to head the Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services, Rob Siedlecki (in photo), turned out to be as brief and curious as it was transformative and controversial. Last week's announcement that Siedlecki was returning to Florida was framed as somehow expected. "I promised Gov. Brownback one year to transform SRS to make it more effective and efficient, and we have done so," Siedlecki said. But less than a month ago, Siedlecki responded to a legislator's criticism of him as an out-of-stater by noting he had bought a home in Kansas and was paying taxes. "I prefer you call me a Kansan," Siedlecki told him. In the end, Siedlecki made the mistake of trying to do far too much too soon, according to an ideological agenda, at an agency that serves some of the Kansans most in need of care and stability. Brownback now needs to find someone who can work better with others, as the Legislature scrutinizes the changes Siedlecki made.