Governor Ernie Fletcher
Governor Ernie Fletcher appoints new member to Executive Branch Ethics Commission

Press Release Date:  Thursday, June 02, 2005  
Contact Information:  Carla Blanton
Michael Goins
Jodi Whitaker

FRANKFORT, Ky. -- Governor Ernie Fletcher announced the appointment of attorney Tom Handy, of London, as the newest member to the Executive Branch Ethics Commission.

“Tom Handy is an experienced prosecutor who will bring a wealth of knowledge to the Ethics Commission,” Governor Fletcher said. “His experience and integrity make him a valuable addition.”

Handy served as a prosecutor for more than 27 years, including 25 years as a commonwealth attorney.

“Through my many years as a prosecutor, I have believed that public officials should be held to the highest standard,” said Handy, who has prosecuted elected officials from both political parties. “Serving on the Ethics Commission is a way to continue those efforts.”

Handy, a Republican, also ran for Lieutenant Governor in 1995 with gubernatorial candidate Larry Forgy.

According to Section 11A.060 of the Kentucky Revised Statutes, the Governor is responsible for appointing members of the Executive Branch Ethics Commission. Handy will begin serving immediately, and his term will expire July 14, 2006.

Handy will replace Dr. Melissa Dennison, who resigned last September. The Governor’s office of Boards and Commissions did not receive formal notification of the vacancy until last week, so the appointment was unfilled until now.