Governor's Office for Local Development
Governor Announces Return of Department for Local Government

Press Release Date:  Tuesday, June 17, 2008  
Contact Information:  Cindy Lanham

FRANKFORT, KY (June 17, 2008) –  As directed by an executive order, Governor Steve Beshear has changed the Governor’s Office for Local Development (GOLD) to its original name, Department for Local Government (DLG).  The new name took effect yesterday, June 16, 2008.

DLG, which is a part of the Executive Branch of government and falls under the Governor’s Office, provides financial assistance to local governments in the way of grants and loans, continued training and education and advising cities, counties and special districts in matters of budget, personnel and other issues relevant to those entities.  It also partners with the state’s 15 Area Development Districts. 

The Department is under the direction of Commissioner Tony Wilder and Deputy Commissioner Stacia Peyton.  Wilder had previously served as Boyle County Judge/Executive since 1993 and Peyton had been the Mayor of Dawson Springs since 1993.  

“To reinstate the title ‘Department for Local Government’ more accurately describes the agency’s task to serve and assist local government officials,” said Governor Beshear.  “My appointments of a former judge/executive and mayor in the leadership roles represent our commitment to best meet the needs of every city and county in Kentucky and to unite these local entities.”   

“This is more than a name change,” said Commissioner Wilder.  “It reflects a renewed emphasis on what we at DLG consider to be our true mission: to represent the Governor’s office in a genuine partnership with local communities, to respond to their needs and to make a positive difference for the people of this commonwealth.  Since assuming my role as Commissioner, the response has been overwhelmingly in favor of the return to DLG.” 

No personnel changes will occur with the name change and the Kentucky Infrastructure Authority (KIA) will remain administratively attached to DLG under the Governor’s order.  The agency’s website will be