GLASGOW — Gov.-elect Andy Beshear has appointed another Glasgow native to a key state post.
Jim Gray — a former Lexington mayor, U.S. Senate and U.S. House candidate — will serve as secretary of the Transportation Cabinet under Beshear. Gray was raised in Glasgow and graduated in 1971 from Glasgow High School.
On Nov. 21, Beshear named Glasgow native La Tasha Buckner as general counsel to the Office of the Governor.
In a news release announcing his appointment, Beshear praised Gray's leadership as mayor of Lexington, saying he drew upon his experience as CEO of Gray Construction to bring a management approach to government.
"As we look to bring folks together to move our state forward, we need leaders like Jim Gray," Beshear said. "He knows how to work with others in an honest and respectful way to best serve every Kentucky family. His transportation and government leadership skills are a real asset to our administration and to the Transportation Cabinet.”
Beshear credited Gray for leading the revitalization of downtown Lexington and Rupp Arena and expanding the Lexington Convention Center.
"Gov.-elect Beshear and I know and agree that transportation, good roads and highways are keys to economic growth and prosperity. Serving our state in this role is an honor and an incredible opportunity,” Gray said. “Leading with integrity and transparency are the first orders of business. We’ll also be encouraging and recognizing the good work of the department’s team members, and we will all strive to follow the Golden Rule. That’s the way Andy Beshear will lead our state, and that’s why I’m excited and thankful to be part of his team.”
Beshear announced other appointments Monday.
He appointed Lt. Gov.-elect Jacqueline Coleman as the secretary of the Education and Workforce Development Cabinet, and he named State Rep. Rocky Adkins as his senior adviser.
Col. Haldane B. Lamberton was named adjutant general of the Kentucky National Guard, and Beshear appointed retired Lt. Col. Keith Jackson as the Commissioner of Veterans Affairs.
“Each of these leaders have proven their commitment to Kentucky. They are professionals in their fields and know how to bring people together,” Beshear said. “I am honored to have them join together on Team Kentucky.”