Governor Ernie Fletcher’s Communications Office
Governor Fletcher Names Brigadier General Norman E. Arflack as Justice Cabinet Secretary
Arflack brings years of state police, military leadership experience to position
FRANKFORT, Ky. – Governor Ernie Fletcher today announced the appointment of Brigadier General Norman E. Arflack as secretary of the Justice Cabinet.
General Arflack replaces Steve Pence, who today submitted his resignation as Justice secretary. Deputy Secretary Cleve Gambill also submitted his letter of resignation today. Both resignations are effective immediately.
“General Arflack is not only a man of integrity and tremendous values, but he is the epitome of a dedicated public servant,” said Governor Fletcher. “His qualifications and extensive state police and military leadership experiences will be a tremendous asset to our Justice Cabinet. I sincerely appreciate his willingness to take on this new role and his continued dedication to helping this administration move Kentucky forward.”
“I am honored to be selected for this key role in Governor Fletcher’s administration,” said General Arflack. “The cabinet has established an impressive record, and I commit to do all within my power to build on that reputation. I look forward to working with all members of the Fletcher team to move the state forward.”
On February 2, 2003, General Arflack assumed the duties of deputy commander of the Kentucky Joint Force Headquarters in Frankfort, serving as an assistant and advisor to the Commanding General, Adjutant General Donald C. Storm.
“BG Norman Arflack is an outstanding choice to serve as the Justice Cabinet Secretary,” said Adjutant General Donald C. Storm. “He possesses significant law enforcement and corrections experience. In addition, BG Arflack has worked with federal, state and local agencies conducting counterdrug operations, both supply and demand reduction activities. Finally, BG Arflack consistently displays outstanding leadership ability and values the contribution and dedication of all of those working to serve the citizens of the great commonwealth. We are proud of BG Arflack and thank him for his contributions to the Department of Military Affairs. We look forward to working with him and our continued focus to serve and move Kentucky forward.”
General Arflack received a bachelor’s degree in law enforcement from Eastern Kentucky University in 1970 and a master’s degree in public administration in 1999 from Shippensburg University. He graduated from Army War College in 1999.
General Arflack is also a graduate of the Southern Police Institute at the University of Louisville.
Currently in his 23rd military assignment, General Arflack has served in a number of Command and Staff positions, including Director of Plans and Operations, Military Personnel Officer and Director of Logistics. He also previously served as Commander of the 615th Military Police Detachment’s Criminal Investigative Detachment and commander of an armor Battalion at Ft. Knox.
General Arflack was mobilized for active duty October 1, 2001 to organize, train, and command National Guard personnel performing security duty in Kentucky’s commercial airports subsequent to that assignment and immediately prior his current position he served as director of Joint Support Operation, collective effort between the Kentucky State Police and Kentucky National Guard to eradicate and suppress marijuana. General Arflack worked for the Kentucky State Police from 1970 until his retirement in 1993.
General Arflack has received numerous awards and decorations during his years of service, including the Meritorious Service Medal, the Army Commendation Medal (with one Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster), the Army Achievement Medal (with one Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster), the Army Reserve Component Achievement Medal (with one Silver and two Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters, the National Defense Service Medal, the Armed Forces Reserve Medal (with Gold Hourglass Device), the Army Service Ribbon and the STARC Staff Badge.
The appointment is effective June 7, 2006.