For Immediate Release
KDHE Office of Communications
Roderick L. Bremby, Secretary of the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE), has been named the “Public Administrator of the Year” by the Kansas chapter of the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA). Bremby will receive the award at the ASPA annual meeting on May 1 at 6:30 p.m. in the Bradbury Thompson Alumni Center at Washburn University in Topeka.
“I am deeply honored and grateful to accept this award,” Bremby stated. “The accomplishments that have helped improve the health and quality of life of Kansans have been a team effort that involves the caring people of Kansas and our talented and committed team at KDHE.”
Bremby’s background includes extensive work on community health issues and almost two decades in municipal management.
“Secretary Bremby’s dedication and progressive leadership is helping move the public service sector toward greater responsiveness, while continuing the emphasis on good stewardship of health and environmental resources,” said Thomas Langer, ASPA President.
Prior to his January 2003 appointment by Governor Kathleen Sebelius, Bremby served as a research assistant professor at the University of Kansas and as associate director of the Work Group on Health Promotion and Community Development. His work involved providing technical assistance, evaluation support and community research for community health initiatives. Bremby has been a consultant for a variety of organizations including, community coalitions, advocacy organizations, local government agencies, and the U.S. Agency for International Development (Strengthening Democracy in Uganda).
He served 10 years as the assistant city manager in Lawrence, where he was responsible for overseeing the budgeting process, police, fire and medical, public works, water, sewer, finance, information systems, and parks and recreation departments; and prior to that served in the city manager’s office at Ft. Worth, Tex.
Bremby holds a master’s degree in public administration from KU, where he completed an undergraduate degree in psychology and communication studies. He also completed postgraduate study at the Brookings Institution, The Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, and an executive development course at The Center for Creative Leadership. Bremby is a Kansas Health Foundation Fellow and a graduate of Leadership Forth Worth, Leadership Lawrence, and Leadership Kansas.The Mike Harder Public Administrator of the Year Award is given annually by the Kansas chapter of the ASPA to honor an outstanding public servant within the state. Past recipients include Governor Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of State Ron Thornburg and Steven J. Davies, then secretary of the Kansas Department of Corrections.