Governor-elect Laura Kelly and current Governor Jeff Colyer met on Wednesday to discuss the transition. He congratulated her on the win and even already started clearing out his office for her.
“This is an orderly transition of power and I think that’s one of the great things about a democracy,” Colyer said, “Even though we may disagree with someone, we’re going to do this in a very professional way and I think this is really setting the tone of being professional, competent, getting things done.”
Governor Colyer passed along binders full of information about the job, and he even cleared out some office space for Kelly. He said he also offered the Governor elect some advice.
“Listen to Kansans. Listen to them, serve them and try to achieve the goals that Kansans expect of you,” Colyer said. “Listen to them, what they have to say, where they’re going. There are a lot of great things happening in the state and a lot of things to build on.”
With two months remaining as Governor, Colyer said he’s not done leading Kansas yet. He thinks the state economy has made progress since he took office, and he hopes to keep the momentum going.
“My big emphasis is on growing jobs in the state and I’ll continue to recruit businesses and expand existing businesses so we have higher wages and we have more capital investment,” Colyer said.