State Securities Commissioner Aaron Jack resigns

Aaron Jack has resigned as Kansas Securities Commissioner, effective immediately, according to a statement from the governor’s office.

In the statement, Jack said he is leaving to take a job in the private sector.

“I have greatly appreciated the chance to serve on behalf of my fellow Kansans, but I have opportunities in the private sector that I intend to pursue,” Jack said. “It has been a privilege to serve in the Governor’s administration.”

Jack served in the Kansas Legislature from 2009 to 2011 and was the president of Heritage Consulting, based in Wichita.

Gov. Sam Brownback has appointed Josh Ney as interim commissioner. He has been a staff attorney at the commission since 2011 and before that was first assistant county attorney in the Jefferson County Attorney’s Office. He earned his juris doctor from Washburn University School of Law where he served on the Washburn Law Journal. He will serve as interim commissioner until a permanent commissioner is appointed.

The state’s Securities Commissioner is responsible for protecting Kansas investors, promoting integrity and full disclosure by issuers and securities professionals, and investigating and prosecuting fraud.