Schmidt announces new assistant commissioner


Insurance Commissioner-elect Vicki Schmidt will turn to the top lawyer at the state highway department to serve as her assistant commissioner.

Schmidt announced Wednesday that she will name Barb Rankin as her assistant commissioner after she's sworn in as insurance commissioner later this month.

A Wellsville native, Rankin has served as chief counsel for the Kansas Department of Transportation since 2011. She also served as acting KDOT secretary after Deb Miller left for the private sector at the end of 2011.

After joining the agency, Rankin participated in the roll out of the last multi-year transportation program . . .


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