Governor Steve Beshear's Communications Office
Gov. Beshear Names Ambrose Wilson IV to Head Public Protection Cabinet

Press Release Date:  Thursday, November 06, 2014  
Contact Information:  Kerri Richardson
Terry Sebastian

FRANKFORT, Ky.– Governor Steve Beshear today named Ambrose Wilson IV to serve as secretary of the Public Protection Cabinet. 

“Ambrose’s experience in human resources and management will be an invaluable asset to the cabinet,” Gov. Beshear said.  “In addition, he brings a background in both public and private sectors that will well serve the critical role that Public Protection plays in monitoring and regulating  a number of activities that impact nearly every Kentuckian, from the financial soundness of our state chartered banks and investment companies to reviewing building permits and fire safety inspections.”

Wilson brings 28 years of human resources experience to the position.  He currently serves as commissioner of the Department of Housing, Buildings and Construction, a position he’s held since 2012, and previously served as deputy commissioner of the Department of Financial Institutions.  In addition, Wilson has held office management and human resource positions within the legal, manufacturing and financial sectors.

Wilson takes over the position from Larry Bond, the Governor’s chief of staff, who has served as acting secretary since May when Secretary Robert Vance resigned.

“I have thoroughly enjoyed my six years of service in the Public Protection Cabinet with the Department of Financial Institutions and the Department of Housing, Buildings and Construction,” Wilson said. “I am grateful to Gov. Beshear for this new opportunity to lead a team of 600 employees dedicated to public protection and public service.” 
Wilson holds a bachelor’s degree in general studies from the University of Kentucky. 

The appointment is effective Nov. 7.