Government & Politics

Kansas corrections secretary will retire at year’s end

Ray Roberts was praised by Gov. Sam Brownback.
Ray Roberts was praised by Gov. Sam Brownback.

Kansas Corrections Secretary Ray Roberts is leaving the post at the end of the year, Gov. Sam Brownback announced Friday.

Roberts was appointed in 2011.

Brownback praised Roberts’ more than 40-year career in corrections. He said Roberts, who is retiring, has been active in assisting offenders through mentorship programs to become law-abiding citizens.

“I am grateful for the wealth of leadership and experience Ray has provided to the state,” Brownback said in a news release.

A veteran Kansas warden, Roberts had been the warden at the El Dorado Correctional Facility before his cabinet appointment. He also had served as a correctional counselor and director of faith-based ministry.

“Serving as secretary has been the highlight of my career for which I am forever grateful,” Roberts said in a statment, thanking Brownback. “I have been honored to work alongside incredible staff that has devoted their time and talents to making Kansas a safer place, and I know that the agency and its mission are in good hands.”

Edward M. Eveld: 816-234-4442, @EEveld