Governor Ernie Fletcher’s Communications Office
Governor Fletcher Appoints New Chief District Engineer

Press Release Date:  Tuesday, May 09, 2006  
Contact Information:  Brett Hall
Jodi Whitaker
Troy Body

Doug Hogan

Jim LeFevre to head highway operations for Kentucky’s 12 westernmost counties

FRANKFORT, Ky.  – Governor Ernie Fletcher and Transportation Secretary Bill Nighbert today announced the appointment of James E. LeFevre as chief district engineer (CDE) for District 1 in far western Kentucky.

“Jim LeFevre will be a tremendous leader for the Transportation Cabinet,” Governor Fletcher said.  “He comes into this position with the experience and vision to do great things for his district and the counties it serves.”

Transportation Secretary Bill Nighbert echoed the Governor’s endorsement of LeFevre for the District 1 CDE post.

“We think Jim LeFevre will be a great asset in our effort to improve traffic flow, enhance safety and promote economic development across Kentucky,” Secretary Nighbert said.  “He’s the kind of person who recognizes the connection between transportation and the economy.”

LeFevre will supervise the district’s more than 300 employees at facilities in 12 counties.  District 1 is responsible for approximately 2,800 miles of state highways in Ballard, Calloway, Carlisle, Crittenden, Fulton, Graves, Hickman, Livingston, Lyon, McCracken, Marshall and Trigg Counties.

“I am honored to accept this appointment from Governor Fletcher,” LeFevre said.  “I look forward to working with our citizens, local elected officials and Kentucky Transportation Cabinet employees to provide a safe and reliable transportation system for the citizens of District 1.”

LeFevre began his career with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet in May 1989 with the District 1 office in Paducah, where he worked as a resident engineer supervising construction projects.  LeFevre has served as the district materials engineer since November 1995. 

LeFevre, an officer in the Army National Guard, just returned from a combat tour in Iraq, where he spent nearly a year in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

LeFevre received a bachelor’s degree from Tennessee Technological University and a Master of Business Administration from Murray State University.  He lives in Ballard County with his wife, Whitney, and their three children, Hayden, Mason and Emma Grace.