Governor Ernie Fletcher’s Communications Office
Teresa Barton Appointed Deputy Secretary of the Justice and Public Safety Cabinet

Press Release Date:  Friday, June 23, 2006  
Contact Information:  Jodi Whitaker

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Governor Ernie Fletcher today announced the appointment of Teresa A. Barton as deputy secretary of the Justice and Public Safety Cabinet.  Barton spent the last year and a half as executive director of the Office of Drug Control Policy. 

“Teresa has done tremendous work at ODCP. She has been able to form partnerships with agencies across the state by integrating a balanced approach of drug enforcement, treatment and prevention-education to create a more effective system for combating substance abuse,” said Governor Fletcher. “I am grateful she is willing to assume this responsibility.  She and General Arflack will make a great team.”

“Teresa’s extensive leadership and government experience make her the ideal choice for this role,” General Norman Arflack, Secretary of the Justice and Public Safety Cabinet stated.  “Her background with local and state government will be a tremendous asset to the Cabinet and I look forward to working with her to forward the Governor’s mission for justice and public safety.”

“I would like to express my sincerest appreciation to Governor Fletcher and General Arflack for the opportunity to serve the Commonwealth as Deputy Secretary for the Justice and Public Safety Cabinet,” said Barton. “During my time with ODCP and as Franklin County Judge/Executive, I worked closely with the departments and agencies within the cabinet on a variety of initiatives.  I have an outstanding working relationship with the jails, law enforcement agencies and local leaders on drug control issues, and I look forward to continuing to work with them in my new role.”

Barton was appointed executive director of ODCP by Governor Fletcher in February 2005.  Prior to joining state government, she served as Franklin County’s Judge/Executive.

“Teresa Barton has done a tremendous job leading the Office of Drug Control Policy and getting the message of drug enforcement out to our communities,” said Sen. Robert Stivers (R-Manchester). “That work, combined with her years of leadership experience, makes her a great choice for this position.”

“Anyone who knows Teresa Barton knows that she is passionate about public service,” said Rep. Derrick Graham (D-Frankfort). “Teresa believes in helping others and giving back to the community. I am confident that she will serve the Governor and the Justice Cabinet well in her new position.”

Barton’s appointment is effective immediately.  She will continue serving as acting executive director of ODCP until a replacement is named.