Office of the Attorney General
Attorney General Stumbo Files Ouster Proceedings Against Personnel Board Chair Jack Smith

Press Release Date:  Wednesday, July 12, 2006  
Contact Information:  Vicki Glass, 502-696-5643 Office  

Attorney General Greg Stumbo today filed an action in Franklin Circuit Court to oust Jack Smith from his position as Chairman of the Kentucky Personnel Board.

The Personnel Board is the frontline protector of state employees’ rights.  No member of the Personnel Board may, “be associated with state government in any manner,” (KRS 18A.050(3)).  The law guarantees fairness by ensuring that Personnel Board members are not beholden to the Governor’s administration.  The Board is required to resolve disputes between the administration and state workers.

Smith is alleged to have profited from his marketing of Unbridled Spirit merchandise sold at Kentucky State Parks.  His company, Hunter Manufacturing Group, Inc. (also known as Blackwater, Inc.) has received more than $33,000 in payments from the state since June, 2005, according to official records.

Smith was appointed to the Personnel Board by Governor Ernie Fletcher on June 23, 2005.

“The law is very clear that a conflict exists when a Board member does business with the state,” said Attorney General Stumbo.  “This law ensures impartial and fair hearings for state workers.”

The Attorney General is asking the Court to rule that all of Smith’s actions as Personnel Board Chair be considered null and void.

Click here to read a copy of the filing. (4.5MB PDF)