Kansas governor picks Lawrence woman to run labor department


January 29, 2021

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Gov. Laura Kelly on Friday tapped a Lawrence woman who has technology experience to run the Kansas Department of Labor, which has struggled to process a surge in claims from workers who lost their jobs during the coronavirus pandemic.

Amber Shultz will serve as acting labor secretary until the state Senate confirms her as the new head of the agency, the governor's office said in a news release.

Kelly's first labor secretary, Delia Garcia, resigned in June amid problems with the system for distributing unemployment benefits. Her replacement, Acting Secretary Ryan Wright was...

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