Kelly names top federal law enforcement official head of the Highway Patrol


Gov. Laura Kelly on Friday tapped a top administrator from the federal Drug Enforcement Administration as the new superintendent of the Kansas Highway Patrol.

Kelly named Erik Smith to replace the embattled Herman Jones, who is retiring Friday after a tenure marked by allegations that the agency fostered a hostile work environment marked by sexual harassment, gender discrimination and retaliation.

Smith will start as acting superintendent July 7 before he can be confirmed by the Kansas Senate.

Until July 7, Assistant Superintendent Lt. Col. Jason De Vore will serve as acting superintendent.

Smith started his career working for the Sedgwick . . .


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