Governor Ernie Fletcher’s Communications Office
Governor Fletcher Names New Parks Commissioner

Press Release Date:  Wednesday, May 31, 2006  
Contact Information:  Brett Hall
Jodi Whitaker
Troy Body

Chris Gilligan

J.T. Miller to Lead Parks Department

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Governor Ernie Fletcher has appointed J.T. (Jerry) Miller as the new commissioner of the Kentucky Department of Parks. Miller spent the last two years as executive director of finance and administration for the Commerce Cabinet.

“J.T. is the obvious choice for this position,” said Governor Ernie Fletcher. “His strong financial background coupled with his passion for the outdoors and history will serve him well as commissioner.”

Miller is an avid history buff and enjoys bicycling, hiking and canoeing and frequently vacations at state parks.  Before joining the Commerce Cabinet in 2004, Miller spent nearly 30 years in various management and financial roles in the health care industry, including 27 years with Humana Inc. and Columbia/HCA.

“This is a new and exciting way for me to serve the commonwealth,” said Miller. “I have a proven record of results in the private and public sector. Now I can take that expertise and apply it to my passion of history and the great outdoors.”

“I know J.T. will continue to build upon the past success of the Department of Parks,” said Commerce Cabinet Secretary George Ward. “He will work to protect the natural beauty of the parks and enhance services to make Kentucky State Parks an even more enjoyable visit for all of our guests.”

In his current position, Miller played an important role in the administration of the Parks Department’s $35 million renovation pool.  He also directly assisted with several recent upgrades including: electronic security door locks, improving the park accommodations’ online reservation system, high-speed wireless internet access in lodges, and a new point of sale system for the park dining rooms.  In his new position as commissioner, Miller will oversee a $60 million park development pool.

Miller’s appointment is effective immediately. His previous responsibilities will be spread among other Commerce Cabinet employees. There are no plans to at this time to fill his previous position.

The Kentucky State Park System is composed of 52 state parks plus an interstate park shared with Virginia. The Department of Parks, an agency of the Commerce Cabinet, operates 17 resort parks with lodges -- more than any other state. Each year, Kentucky parks attract seven million visitors and contribute $317 million to the economy. For more information on Kentucky parks, visit our Web site at