Governor Ernie Fletcher’s Communications Office
John Farris Appointed Secretary of the Finance and Administration Cabinet

Press Release Date:  Wednesday, June 07, 2006  
Contact Information:  Jodi Whitaker

Farris replaces Rudolph, who will serve full-time as Executive Secretary of the Cabinet

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Governor Ernie Fletcher today announced the appointment of John Farris as secretary of the Finance and Administration Cabinet. His appointment is effective immediately. He replaces Robbie Rudolph, who has resigned as Finance secretary to assume full-time the position of Executive Secretary of the Governor’s Cabinet.

“Robbie and John have done tremendous work in the Finance Cabinet, increasing collections and revenue to levels never seen before in Kentucky,” said Governor Fletcher. “John’s dedication and experience make him the ideal candidate for this position. I appreciate his willingness to step up and accept this responsibility.”

A native of Louisville, Farris graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Centre College in Danville with a double major in economics and philosophy. He did his graduate work in economics and public policy at Princeton University. He holds a Masters Degree in Public Affairs from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton.

While at Princeton, Farris received a public service award for his work in running a mentoring and tutoring program between Princeton students and inner-city high school students in Trenton, N.J.

“I am honored that the governor has entrusted me with this great responsibility,” Farris said. “I have learned a great deal from Sec. Rudolph and I pledge to carry on his efforts to improve efficiencies in state government.”

Under Rudolph’s guidance, the collection of past due child support and delinquent taxes have totaled $383,591,348, an increase of $132,216,336 over collections during the last 30 months of the previous administration. This figure includes the recovery of past due child support collections, which have swelled 3,642 percent under the Fletcher administration. May 2006 marked a record child support collection month with $767,465, bringing the FY 2006 total to more than $5.6 million. By comparison, FY 2004 child support collections totaled $366,805.

In addition, the cabinet has improved the efficiencies of the state motor vehicle fleet through the reduction of permanently assigned vehicles and the replacement of aging, less-fuel efficient vehicles with ones that are smaller, more fuel-efficient and environmentally friendly.

“During my tenure as Secretary of Finance, I have relied heavily upon John for his advice and counsel,” Rudolph said. “He has been an exceptional deputy secretary. As I leave to serve full-time as Executive Secretary of the Governor’s Cabinet, I feel very comfortable leaving the Finance Cabinet in John’s very capable hands.”

Farris was appointed deputy secretary of the Finance and Administration Cabinet by Gov. Ernie Fletcher on Feb. 12, 2004. Prior to joining state government, he worked as a senior economics consultant at the World Bank in Washington, D.C. and an economist at the Research Triangle Institute, Durham, N.C.  Farris, his wife Rebecca and daughter Addie live in Lexington.

Rudolph was appointed secretary of the Finance and Administration Cabinet by Gov. Fletcher on December 15, 2003. As a testament to Rudolph’s hard work and dedication, Gov. Fletcher appointed him on September 1, 2005, to assume the additional functional responsibilities of the position of Executive Secretary of the Governor’s Cabinet. Rudolph has received no additional compensation during the nine months since he assumed the responsibilities of executive secretary of the cabinet.

Rudolph, a Murray native, and his wife Lisa, a registered nurse, have two children, Mallory and Grant.