Politics & Government

KCC executive lands job as top Statehouse administrator

The top staff executive at the state’s utilities commission is leaving the agency to take the top administrative job at the Statehouse.

Tom Day, a 27-year employee of the Kansas Corporation Commission, will replace Jeff Russell as director of Legislative Administrative Services. Russell retired at the end of July after about 15 years in the job.

Day was hired this week by the Legislative Coordinating Council. The council is a group of lawmakers who act on behalf of the Legislature between sessions, the next of which begins Jan. 12. Day will assume his new duties Jan. 7.

KCC Chairwoman Shari Feist Albrecht issued a statement saying that Day “served the Commission with great distinction for 27 years” and wished him well in his new job.

Day has been acting executive director of the KCC, the agency’s top staff position, since Kim Christiansen retired in June after a year on the job.

Day started with the KCC as administrative assistant to the chairman in 1987. He worked his way up through management analyst, information resource specialist and public service executive. He has worked as a liaison between the commission and the Legislature since 1988.

He said it is “very bittersweet” to be leaving the commission staff, but many of the duties of his new job will be similar to ones he has now, such as managing facilities and working with lawmakers.

“I’ve always admired the position,” he said. “It was one of those positions I just couldn’t pass up.”

Reach Dion Lefler at 316-268-6527 or dlefler@wichitaeagle.com.