KHP nominee: Matters at ‘lowest level’ are ‘my concern’


Gov. Laura Kelly's nominee for the new superintendent of the Kansas Highway Patrol talked about how he would improve morale at an agency that's struggled with recruiting amid allegations of a toxic work environment marked by sexual harassment.

Erik Smith, formerly the assistant administrator for the Drug Enforcement Administration in Washington, told the Senate Confirmation Oversight Committee about the need for open communication and a consistent application of the disciplinary process.

"The tone needs to be set early and needs to be repeated often," he said

"Communication, setting a vision and working together toward that vision is important . . .


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