The leader of the Kansas Department of Health and Environment says he plans to resign at the end of the month to pursue other opportunities.
Robert Moser announced his plans in an e-mail to agency employees Monday, ending a tenure that began when he was appointed by Gov. Sam Brownback in January 2011.
“This was a hard decision as I have appreciated the opportunity to work in Governor Brownback’s administration and with the fine staff at KDHE,” Moser said in the e-mail. “However, it is the right time for me and my family to look at other opportunities.”
The announcement comes a week after Brownback was re-elected to a second term.
Moser, a family practice doctor, led the agency through several controversies, including whether to issue state permits for construction of a new coal-fired power plant in southwest Kansas and continuing problems with the implementation of a $135 million computer system meant to prevent fraud and streamline the application process for social services.
The Kansas Eligibility and Enforcement System was originally planned to begin operating by October 2013, but has been delayed until at least July.
Moser was director of Rural Health and Outreach at the University of Kansas School of Medicine in Wichita when he was chosen to lead the KDHE. Before that, he was medical director of Greeley County Health Services, a rural health care organization known for innovations in attracting medical providers.