Office of the Attorney General
Attorney General Greg Stumbo Submits Final Set of Nominees for Appointment to Kentucky Personnel Board

Press Release Date:  Friday, December 08, 2006  
Contact Information:  Vicki Glass, 502-696-5643 Office  

Attorney General Greg Stumbo today submitted to Governor Fletcher the final set of nominations for appointment to the state Personnel Board. He sent the nominations to Fletcher by letter this morning.

“With numerous active investigations into the Governor’s merit hiring practices, the Personnel Board needs to be fully staffed,” said Attorney General Stumbo. “It is now time for civil law enforcement to follow the recently completed criminal investigation. State workers depend on an unbiased Board to protect them from political favoritism and unfair working conditions.”

The Personnel Board provides civil protections for all state workers from discrimination based on politics, religion, race, gender and disability. By Court Order, the Personnel Board will use evidence collected in the Attorney General’s criminal investigation to enforce merit protections.

As part of the Agreed Order resolving the merit hiring investigation, the four members of the Personnel Board who were appointed by the Governor resigned their positions. It was agreed that Attorney General Stumbo would submit to the Governor a list of three names for each vacancy created. Today’s list of nominees is the final set to be submitted to the Governor.

The nominees submitted today are:

  • Jackson M. Andrews IV: Mr. Andrews is a Vietnam veteran who received a Purple Heart and a Bronze Star for Valor during his military service. Mr. Andrews was Chairman of the Wage Appeals Board in Washington, D.C. from 1988-1990. In addition to his federal government and military service, Mr. Andrews also served as Chief Counsel to the Kentucky Senate minority during the 1980 General Assembly. A graduate of the Virginia Military Institute, Mr. Andrews currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Kentucky Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund. He is a practicing attorney in Louisville, and he is an ardent advocate regarding federal and state health-care issues affecting veterans. Mr. Andrews is a registered Republican.
  • Juan Saul Garcia: Recently chosen as one of the twenty-five “Most Influential Latinos” by Leadership Louisville, Saul Garcia is the president of Payport Hispanic Marketing LLC, a subsidiary of Louisville financial and health services firm, Payport Systems. Mr. Garcia is best known as a successful restaurateur, who owns four (4) Mexican restaurants in Louisville. Saul Garcia’s experience and dedication to the Hispanic community is highly valuable in Louisville and in the Commonwealth. Mr. Garcia is a member of the 2007 Leadership Louisville Class. He is a registered Democrat.
  • George Moore: George Moore served as Commonwealth’s Attorney for the 21st Judicial Circuit (Bath, Menifee, Montgomery and Rowan Counties) from 1992-2006. During his tenure, he also served as a member of the Prosecutors Advisory Council and was elected President of the Commonwealth’s Attorneys Association in 2001. He is a founding board member of the Gateway Child Advocacy Center and has also served on the Kentucky Crime Commission. Mr. Moore is a registered Democrat.

“With these nominees the Personal Board grows stronger, more independent and more diverse,” said Stumbo. “These three exceptional nominees have varied backgrounds, political affiliations and experience and each could serve the Commonwealth well,” said Stumbo.

Today’s nominations are for the vacated position of Timm Marden Hurst, whose term expires on January 1, 2008.