Governor Ernie Fletcher’s Communication Office
Secretary Robbie Rudolph assuming functional responsibility of Executive Secretary of the Cabinet

Press Release Date:  Thursday, September 01, 2005  
Contact Information:  Carla Blanton
Michael Goins
Jodi Whitaker

Rudolph will retain position as Finance and Administration secretary

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Governor Ernie Fletcher today announced that he has asked Finance and Administration Cabinet Secretary Robbie Rudolph to assume the functional responsibility of acting as executive secretary of the Governor’s Cabinet. Secretary Rudolph will retain his position as Finance and Administration secretary and will receive no additional compensation for this additional duty. Rudolph will work with Chief of Staff Stan Cave to oversee the daily operations of the nine Cabinets and their agencies.

Governor Fletcher said that he asked Rudolph to assume these additional duties because of his leadership skills and demonstrated ability to make tough business decisions that are in the best interest of the commonwealth.

“Secretary Rudolph has been a tremendous asset to this administration,” Governor Fletcher said. “He’s a very successful businessman who has made a great personal sacrifice to come to Frankfort and serve as a member of my Cabinet, but he is here because he truly is a public servant and is committed to making a difference in the lives of our citizens.”

Since Governor Fletcher appointed Rudolph Secretary of the Finance and Administration Cabinet on December 15, 2003, the Cabinet has achieved major accomplishments, which include:

  • Reducing the total number of employees in the cabinet by 500 through attrition, eliminating duplicate positions and reducing the number of employees on contract, saving the commonwealth an estimated $27 million.  
  • Aggressively pursuing an increase in the collections of delinquent taxes. In FY 2005, collections increased by $35 million ($141M) over FY 2004 collections ($117M).  
  • Initiating legislation that enables the Department of Revenue to assist other state agencies in the collection of past due child support payments, as well as assisting local governments in the collection of fines, fees and past due property taxes.  
  • Establishing methods to catch fraudulently filed tax returns, which has saved the commonwealth more than $400,000 in fraudulent refunds during the last quarter of FY 2005.  

“I came to Frankfort to serve the governor and people of this commonwealth,” Rudolph said. “As long as I feel that I can make a contribution, I am committed to serving this great state.”