Governor Ernie Fletcher’s Communications Office
Governor's Office of Minority Empowerment Executive Director Tierra Kavanaugh Turner Resigns

Press Release Date:  Wednesday, May 17, 2006  
Contact Information:  Brett Hall
Jodi Whitaker
Troy Body

Turner to open her own business in home town of Louisville

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Governor’s Office of Minority Empowerment Executive Director Tierra Kavanaugh Turner today announced her resignation, effective Thursday, June 1.  A replacement has not been named.

In her letter to Governor Fletcher, Turner stated family commitments and her desire to operate her own business again as reasons for her resignation.

Turner will form a small business consulting firm specializing in procurement, government representation and public outreach. 

“Tierra Kavanaugh Turner has been a tremendous asset to my administration advocating on behalf of the minority community in the commonwealth,” Governor Fletcher said. “I know she will continue to be an advocate and I wish her great success in her new venture.”

Turner was appointed as the first executive director of the Governor’s Office of Minority Empowerment, in March 2004. Turner worked specifically in the areas of economic development, education, health care, housing, government services and criminal justice.

Under Turner’s leadership, the Entrepreneurial Trucking Initiative was established to bring economic opportunity to individuals and communities in the Greater Louisville area, particularly in the designated Empowerment Zone. 

“It has been an honor and a pleasure to serve in the Fletcher administration,” Turner said. “The governor’s commitment to civil rights and equal opportunity made my job successful as well as rewarding.  I intend to continue to work with Governor Fletcher and help him move Kentucky forward in any way I can.”