Kansas Adjutant General resigning

The Kansas Adjutant General is resigning. 

Kansas Governor Laura Kelly announced the planned resignation of Major General Lee Tafanelli on Monday.  Tafanelli will step down from the post on March 31st.

According to a release from the Governor’s Office, Tafanelli has served in the role since January, 2011. 

Tafanelli, a resident of Ozawkie, is a former Republican member of the Kansas House of Representatives, where he served the 47th District, from 2006 to 2011.  

According to the release, the Adjutant General is the principal military advisor to the Governor, and oversees the activities of the Adjutant General’s Department, which includes the Kansas Army and Air National Guard.  The Adjutant General also serves as the director of the Kansas Division of Emergency Management and director of Kansas Homeland Security.  For budgetary and administrative purposes, the position is responsible for the Civil Air Patrol.

Kelly, in the release, thanked Tafanelli for his “outstanding service to the people of Kansas” and the nation, and for “his steadfast leadership of such a critical part of [Kansas] government operations.” 

Tafanelli, in his letter of resignation to the Governor, said he has “been blessed to work on a team of the most outstanding and dedicated professionals” and is “extremely proud of the men and women of [the] Department.” He also thanked Governor Kelly for her leadership and support

 The Governor will release details on a succession plan later this month.