In this September 23, 2020 file photo, Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear speaks at the Kentucky State Capitol in Frankfort, Ky. Governor Andy Beshear proposed an infusion of aid into Kentucky’s coronavirus-stricken economy on Thursday evening, January 7th. 2021 and announced an ambitious budget that includes down payments for its long-term goals of increasing teacher salaries and increasing public funding for education. (AP Photo / Timothy D. Easley, file)
FRANKFORT, Kentucky (WTVQ / press release) – Governor Andy Beshear announced several leadership positions within his administration on Monday.
“I have been blessed to have leaders in my administration who have tremendous talent, knowledge and experience,” said Beshear. “The appointments I announce today will capitalize on the strengths of these skilled professionals and allow us to continue to build the better Kentucky we all want for our families.”
Public Security Cabinet Secretary Kerry Harvey is now Chief of the Justice and Public Security Cabinet.
Prior to joining the Beshear administration as Secretary of the Cabinet for Public Security, Harvey served as the US Attorney for the Eastern District of Kentucky, where he focused on financial fraud and public corruption.
He served on the Attorney General’s Advisory Committee for three years and co-chaired the US Attorney’s Health Care Fraud Working Group. He previously served in the Commonwealth of Kentucky as General Counsel to the Cabinet for Health and Family and as Assistant Inspector General.
“I am honored that Governor Beshear asked me to lead the Justice and Public Security Cabinet,” said Harvey. “The Cabinet plays a vital role in ensuring that the citizens of our Commonwealth live in a safe and just society. I look forward to working with the cabinet team to pursue these inseparable ideals. “
Keith Jackson, Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs appointee, joins Harvey as Assistant Secretary of the Cabinet for Justice and Public Security.
A retired firefighter, Jackson rose to the rank of chief of the Lexington Fire Department before joining the Beshear administration. He served in the US Army Reserves for 27 years and retired with the rank of lieutenant colonel.
“I would like to thank the Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs staff for their caring nature and“ can-do ”mentality. They are giving and compassionate, both individually and collectively. I am proud to have served the 295,000 Veterans of the Commonwealth of Kentucky, ”said Jackson. “I look forward to serving as Assistant Secretary of the Cabinet for Justice and Public Security to the state, and I appreciate the opportunity to influence the cabinet’s vision and mission. I would also like to thank Governor Beshear and his staff for having confidence in my ability to assist Secretary Harvey. “
The Deputy State Secretary Ronnie Bastin has announced his resignation.
Bastin has been a committed civil servant for more than 39 years. He began his career with the Kentucky Department of Corrections. He also served in a variety of roles in the Lexington Police Department, including as chief of police and was Lexington’s public safety officer.
“We thank Ronnie for his service to the community in these extraordinary times,” said Beshear. “During his nearly four decades career, he has been a constant public safety advocate and has worked tirelessly to protect all of our families.”
“It has been a pleasure serving Governor Beshear and the Kentucky people on Team Kentucky,” said Bastin. “The dedicated Justice and Public Security Cabinet staff are some of the best officials I have worked with and I wish them all the best for the future.”
Ray Perry is now the Secretary of the Public Safety Cabinet.
Perry served Commonwealth citizens in a variety of capacities for nearly three decades, most recently as Assistant Secretary of the Public Security Cabinet. Perry previously served as the Deputy Director of Consumer Protection and Deputy Commissioner in the Ministry of Insurance, as well as the Executive Director of General Administration and Procurement Services for the Labor Cabinet.
“I am honored and excited to take up the challenge of leading the Public Safety Cabinet. I thank Governor Beshear for asking me to serve. As a 17 year old PPC employee, I can honestly say that I love this agency. I’m proud of the work our 300+ employees do to save lives and protect the community in countless ways, ”said Perry. “After Secretary Kerry Harvey’s guidance, I have great footsteps to fill. His institutional knowledge and wisdom have been invaluable to the cabinet and me personally. As Secretary of the Cabinet for Justice and Public Security, I wish him all the best. “
The Deputy Commissioner for the Department of Veterans Affairs, Whitney Allen, will serve as the commissioner.
Allen is a retired lieutenant colonel with 25 years of combined military service.
Allen has served in various military organizations and military locations, including three combat missions in Afghanistan / Kuwait. His military awards and accolades include the Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, and the Army Commendation Medal.
“I would like to thank Governor Beshear for the opportunity to continue serving our Commonwealth veterans and their families,” said Allen. “I promise to continue the legacy of accomplishments and improvements in the quality of life for all Kentucky Veterans founded by my mentor and future Assistant Secretary of Justice and Security, The Honorable Keith L. Jackson. I am very excited to lead such a great team that works with dedication and passion for our veteran community. “
Amy Cubbage, General Counsel to Beshear, has been named to the Public Services Commission and will serve as vice chairperson.
Cubbage has practiced as a lawyer specializing in state and federal constitutional law for more than 23 years. Prior to becoming General Counsel to the Governor, Cubbage served as General Counsel and Executive Director of Legal Services, and then as Assistant Secretary to the Labor Cabinet.
“I appreciate the opportunity to serve the Commonwealth in this new role,” said Cubbage. “Adequate water and wastewater treatment has been a passion of mine since I accompanied my father to work as a child, who worked in the water and wastewater treatment industry for over 35 years.”