Frankfort, KY: Governor Ernie Fletcher today announced that he has eliminated the position of secretary of the executive cabinet.
“This decision is consistent with my vision of streamlining government,” Fletcher said. “This was a structure of government inherited from the previous administration, and we have used for the past 11 months. But government must constantly evolve and improve. This reorganization, just as the earlier reorganization of other cabinets, will improve communication and efficiency.”
The decision was discussed at a cabinet meeting this morning and fully supported by the cabinet secretaries.
“We have been working since the first days of Governor Fletcher’s administration to improve efficiencies and improve communications,” Transportation Cabinet Secretary Maxwell C. Bailey said. “I believe the decision not to fill the position of secretary of the executive cabinet is the right one to help us better streamline communications within the senior level of government. I fully support this decision.”
Governor Fletcher studied models in other state governments. About 30 government structures were studied, and none of those included both an executive secretary of the cabinets and a chief of staff.
Chief of Staff Stan Cave will have oversight of the cabinet secretaries. The change will be effective immediately.
“This is a great deployment of focus, energy and talent,” said Virginia G. Fox, Secretary, Education Cabinet. “The Governor is blessed with a strong Cabinet who share a strong team spirit. Each of us believe that, from an organization viewpoint, a single point of contact is both efficient and effective. Stan Cave is a seasoned policy-maker, and I admire his deep knowledge and experience in Kentucky state government.
“In my view, it is a valuable asset to have Dr. Allyson Handley working with the Council on Postsecondary Education, where she will more closely link the considerable intellectual capital of our universities with our state’s economic development needs.”