FRANKFORT, Ky. – “This morning, I accepted the resignation of John Heltzel, the director of Kentucky Emergency Management.

“The findings in the recent Auditor’s report made it clear that new leadership was needed in the agency, given the numerous questions and grave concerns it raised about the proper handling of funds, reliable and transparent accounting, and appropriate work environment under the general’s direction.

“Under Gen. Heltzel’s leadership, KYEM has done a remarkable job in assisting cities and counties in recovering from the record number of natural disasters that have hit the Commonwealth in the last few years, and I – as well as the citizens of Kentucky – am grateful for that work.

“I have appointed Mike Jones, Executive Director of the Office of Management and Administration for the Department of Military Affairs, as acting director of KYEM. His first task will be to develop and implement a corrective plan for issues identified in the Auditor’s report.

“The public’s trust is a sacred investment that we all must safeguard, and this change in leadership will help to restore accountability and transparency to this critical agency.”

– Gov. Steve Beshear




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