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The Kansas Department of Commerce Welcomes Patty Clark as Deputy Secretary

Jan 15, 2019

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Topeka, Kan. – The Kansas Department of Commerce is announcing today that Patty Clark will serve as Deputy Secretary of KDC.

Clark has spent her career in public service with an emphasis on rural policy and government operations. Clark served both the Graves and Sebelius Administrations in the Kansas Department of Commerce, first as Division Director for Ag Marketing and Community Development and then as Deputy Secretary. She served as State Director for USDA Rural Development and most recently returned to the Kansas Leadership Center as Vice-President, later becoming Acting President from September 2017 through March 2018.

“Patty will make an excellent Deputy Secretary,” said Acting Department of Commerce Secretary David Toland. “Her years of public service speak for themselves. She is a real leader and will bring a wealth of experience to both the job and the Department.”