Kan. Praeger Names Director of Public Affairs and Public Information Officer

August 6, 2007

Kan. Insurance Commissioner Sandy Praeger, recently announced that she has named Cindy Hermes as director of the Government and Public Affairs Division and Bob Hanson as public information officer.

Cindy Hermes previously served as the Kansas Insurance Department’s Public liaison for the Governmental Affairs Division. Hanson is new to the department, coming from a media, education and public relations background, Praeger’s written statement said.

Hermes is responsible for monitoring state and federal legislative activities regarding insurance and working with consumer education programs, including the upcoming Long Term Care Partnership Program.

Hermes began her work with the Kansas Insurance Department in May 2003 as a consumer representative for health and life insurance. Previously, she was a member of the Kansas House of Representatives from 1999-2003, representing the 51st District. Hermes was also campaign manager for Commissioner Praeger’s re-election to her office in 2006.

Bob Hanson is responsible for correlation and development of media, publication and public relations activities for the department. He will also be a liaison for the National Association of Insurance Commissioners, of which Praeger will be president in 2008.

Hanson began his duties July 25 after spending the previous five years managing Kansas newspapers. He most recently was the managing editor of The Osage County Herald-Chronicle in Osage City.
His background also includes several years teaching high school English and journalism and five years in marketing communications at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas.

Source: Kansas Insurance Department

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