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Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly Fills Two Tech Leadership Positions

Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly has announced the appointment of Adam Proffitt as secretary of administration and Jeff Maxon as the interim chief information technology officer following the departure of Dr. DeAngela Burns-Wallace.

Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly
Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly
Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly today announced the appointment of Adam Proffitt to the role of secretary of administration and Jeff Maxon to the role of interim chief information technology officer.

The news follows the December departure of DeAngela Burns-Wallace, who previously held both roles. She joined the state’s Department of Administration in June 2019 and took on the CITO duties in August 2019 after the departure of former CITO Lee Allen. With her departure, the roles and responsibilities will be separate once again.

“I’m confident each of them will continue the great work that Dr. Burns-Wallace began as secretary and CITO,” said Kelly in the announcement.

Both appointees will maintain their current duties while taking on the additional responsibilities of their new roles.

Proffitt, the current budget director, will serve in an acting capacity pending confirmation from the state Senate. He has served in the budget director role since 2020. Prior to that position, he served as Medicaid director for the state and spent roughly 15 years in the private sector.

Maxon, meanwhile, has served as CISO since 2020 and will also continue in that capacity as he takes on the interim CITO responsibilities. He has been with the state of Kansas in various IT and cybersecurity roles since 2009. He also serves with Kansas Air National Guard.

The state plans to begin the search for a permanent CITO in the near future.