December 10, 2019

Beshear announces first round of administration leaders - Forward Kentucky

By Forward Kentucky December 03, 2019 8 0

On Monday, Governor-elect Andy Beshear announced the filling of five leadership positions, including one person holding a dual role in the administration.

Lt. Governor-elect Jacqueline Coleman will also serve as the leader of the Education and Workforce Development Cabinet. Coleman, a teacher and assistant principal, helped bring a strong emphasis on public education to the campaign, and her appointment to the position has already received positive reviews from educators across the state.

State representative Rocky Adkins, who challenged Beshear in the gubernatorial primary but then became one of his biggest supporters, will serve as senior advisor to Beshear. Adkins is currently the leader of the Democrats in the Kentucky House, where he has been a representative since 1987. He is a strong advocate for eastern Kentucky and for public education.

Former Lexington mayor Jim Gray will serve as secretary of the Transportation Cabinet. Gray’s terms as mayor were marked by improvements to the city government’s financial health and and reforming the pension system for the police and fire departments, which helped preserve their retirements while also saving money. The city has become known as being one of the best-run cities in the nation.

Colonel Haldane Lamberton was appointed head of the Kentucky National Guard. He will be sworn in as adjutant general on December 10, the same day as the swearing-in of Beshear and Coleman. Lamberton has served in the military for 35 years: 14 years in the Army and 21 years in the Kentucky National Guard. He was one of only 17 national guard members nationwide to be selected to attend the U.S. Army War College, where he earned a Master of Science in National Policy and Strategic Studies. His recent service at the Kentucky National Guard has been at the senior level.

Retired Lieutenant Colonel Keith Jackson will be Commissioner for Veterans Affairs. Jackson served 27 years in the Army and Army Reserves, including as operations office and executive officer of a combat support battalion in Iraq in 2005. He is also a veteran fire fighter, having begun his fire service with Engine Company 9 in Lexington. He was promoted to chief of the Lexington fire department in 2012.

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