TOPEKA – After serving on an interim basis following the retirement of former director John Mitchell, Leo Henning was officially named the Director of Environment for the Kansas Department of Health and Environment on Friday, March 2, 2018.

“I have received outstanding feedback from both internal and external stakeholders regarding Leo’s approach and the actions he has taken during his short time as interim director,” Acting Secretary Jeff Andersen said. “I have great confidence in Leo’s leadership going forward in the Division of Environment.”

Henning, who has worked at KDHE for 25 years, has been the Director of the Bureau of Environmental Remediation for the past four years. The Bureau of Environmental Remediation consists of the petroleum storage tank program, state and federal superfund program, Brownfields, voluntary clean-up program, dry cleaning program, orphan site program, federal facility program and several long-term stewardship programs. He also served as the Deputy Director of the Division of Environment for the past six months where he directed the activities of all the environmental programs at KDHE.

Henning received a bachelor’s and master’s degree in geology from Wichita State University and is a licensed professional geologist. He is a native of Wichita, and is married with two children and three grandchildren.