Governor Steve Beshear's Communications Office
Chief of Staff Adam Edelen to Leave Post; Mike Haydon to succeed Edelen

Press Release Date:  Wednesday, August 11, 2010  
Contact Information:  Kerri Richardson
Jill Midkiff

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Governor Steve Beshear today announced that Chief of Staff Adam Edelen would resign from his position and return to the private sector.  Edelen has served as Chief of Staff since July 2008.

“As my Chief of Staff, Adam continually demonstrated strong leadership skills and a passion for Kentucky,” Gov. Beshear said. “I can’t say enough about the role this young man played in making my administration both more efficient and effective.  His service has made a positive difference in the lives of those my administration seeks to serve—the people of Kentucky.  Jane and I are excited about his future and wish him well in his endeavors.  He remains both a friend and an adviser and will certainly be missed.”

While serving the Beshear Administration, Edelen was named, in 2008, both the “Outstanding Young Kentuckian” by the Kentucky Jr. Chamber of Commerce and one of the “Ten Outstanding Young Americans” by the United States Jr. Chamber of Commerce, an award whose previous recipients include presidents Kennedy, Nixon, Ford and Clinton.   

Gov. Beshear also announced that Mike Haydon, currently the Governor’s chief legislative liaison, will become the new chief of staff. 

Haydon has spent more than 30 years in public service at both the state and local level, including positions as chief of staff for House Majority Floor Leader Rocky Adkins, deputy secretary of the Governor's Executive Cabinet under former Gov. Paul Patton, secretary of the Revenue Cabinet and commissioner of the Department of Property Valuation.  He also served as Mayor of Springfield Ky.  He is a native of Springfield where he lives with his wife Lisa. They have three grown children.

“Mike knows every corner of this state, and he has dedicated his life to public service,” said Gov. Beshear. “He brings a breadth of knowledge and depth of understanding about this state’s challenges that few can match, and I am confident in his ability to serve my office and the people of Kentucky in this critical position.”

Edelen’s resignation is effective Sept. 15, 2010. Haydon’s appointment is effective Sept. 16, 2010.