FRANKFORT, Ky. (KT) - On the final day before he takes office, Gov.-elect Andy Beshear on Monday named 10 more high-level appointees to his administration.
Those named include:
--Justice Secretary, retired Supreme Court Justice Mary Noble
--Secretary of the Public Protection Cabinet, former U. S, Attorney Kerry Harvey
--Personnel Cabinet Secretary, Gerina Whethers, who he is bringing over from the Attorney General’s office
--Labor Cabinet Secretary Larry Roberts, who held the same post under former Governor Steve Beshear, Andy Beshear’s father
--Economic Development Cabinet interim Secretary, Larry Hayes, who has held the post in the past
--Energy and Environment Cabinet Secretary, Rebecca Goodman, who is coming from the Attorney General’s office
--Acting Cabinet for Health and Family Services Secretary, Eric Friedlander, currently with Louisville Metro Government, who will be permanent Deputy Secretary, once the CHFS Secretary is named
--Deputy Chief of Staff, Johnathan Smith, who comes from the Attorney General’s office
--Commonwealth Office of Technology Commissioner Ruth Day, who comes from the private sector
--Juvenile Justice Commissioner, LaShana Harris, currently Director of Program Services for the Juvenile Justice.
“We have been taking our time to get things right,” the Gov.-elect said at an afternoon press conference announcing the appointments. “To make the best decisions to serve Kentucky families. Today we announce leaders who have experience and it will set us up to assume that tone. That tone where we can bring people together, find common ground and mover forward.”
Beshear says these appointees will help him quickly and with precision, as he works to address the issues facing Kentucky families. “Things like finding good jobs, supporting public education, protecting health care and retirements.”
After announcing his appointees, Beshear said, “We have an amazing group of all-stars up here today. They are collaborative, they are passionate, and they are going to do an amazing job for the people of Kentucky.”
He added: “We collectively are going to take the time to get the commissioners, deputy commissioners and the division directors right. I want to make sure that we have people in each and every position that can live out the mission, that can fight for higher wages, that can work to make sure our pension system is solvent, to provide affordable accessible health care to all Kentuckians, and to improve our public education system.”