Six divisions make transition into Justice and Public Safety Cabinet
Frankfort, KY – In conjunction with Governor Ernie Fletcher’s executive order to reorganize state government, Lieutenant Governor and Secretary of the Justice and Public Safety Cabinet, Steve Pence announced major changes in the cabinet. They include:
-Adding the Department of Public Advocacy
-Adding Kentucky Vehicle Enforcement
-Creating the Office of Drug Control Policy
-Creating the Office of Investigations
-Creating the Legal Services Office
“By streamlining state government Governor Fletcher and the Blue Ribbon Commission have done an impeccable job of saving taxpayers’ dollars,” said Lieutenant Governor Pence “The Justice and Public Safety Cabinet welcomes the addition of these entities. Subsequently, it is only practical to add these entities because of their similar roles in justice and public safety.”
The Department of Public Advocacy (DPA) is leaving the Environmental and Public Protection Cabinet. “We are excited about the move,” says Ernie Lewis, Public Advocate. “We appreciate the support we have received in the past. Justice is a good fit for us. We look forward to being placed with other criminal justice agencies.”
Kentucky Vehicle Enforcement (KVE) is leaving the Transportation Cabinet. The duties and responsibilities of the KVE officers will not change.
The Office of Drug Control Policy will report to the Deputy Secretary and will help coordinate Kentucky’s efforts in promoting drug treatment and drug policy.
The Office of Investigations will serve as an Inspector General’s role. The duties will expand those of the previous Internal Investigations Branch, which only reviewed complaints in the Department of Juvenile Justice.
By consolidating lawyers at the cabinet level, the Justice and Public Safety Cabinet will create an in-house law firm. This will reduce the number of personal service contracts needed for outside legal work. By ending these contracts, the Justice and Public Safety Cabinet expects to save between $500,000 and $1,000,000.
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