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Karla Olsen to leave Westar Energy

WICHITA — A decade after joining Westar Energy, director of corporate communications Karla Olsen is leaving for another energy company.

She's heading to EQT, a natural gas company in Pittsburgh.

"Actually, they came after me," Olsen says. "I wasn't looking. I really love my job here at Westar and I love the people I work with."

The main reason Olsen even considered the job is she has family in nearby Maryland.

Then she discovered she'd have an opportunity to create a public affairs department, and that attracted her.

Olsen's last day is Aug. 31.

"It's sad and happy at the same time," she says. "I don't want to get sappy, but I just relish the memories I have."

Olsen also says it's nice to be wanted.

"Absolutely. Especially when you're not exactly a spring chicken."