Governor Ernie Fletcher’s Communications Office
Governor Fletcher Appoints Liaison for Wolf Creek Project

Press Release Date:  Thursday, February 15, 2007  
Contact Information:  Jodi Whitaker

Hilda Legg’s experience makes her perfect fit for job

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Governor Ernie Fletcher has tapped a career public servant as his administration’s liaison to local communities and citizens affected by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Wolf Creek Dam repair project.

Hilda Legg, a resident of Somerset and former federal government administrator, was appointed as the Executive Director of Interagency Services for the Lake Cumberland Region. This office was established by Governor Fletcher in response to the challenges in the region resulting from the Corps of Engineers’ repairs to the Wolf Creek Dam and the lowering of the water level at Lake Cumberland. Legg’s office will be located in Somerset and will serve to link affected citizens and communities of the Lake Cumberland region with state government offices that can provide assistance and information.

“Hilda has had a career of public service from the local to the federal level of government and has been involved with projects and programs that affect the everyday lives of many citizens,” said Governor Fletcher. “She has the experience necessary for the important task of working with the local governments and community leaders to lessen the impacts of the Wolf Creek Dam project. She is the ideal person to fill this important role.”

Legg said she appreciates the opportunity to serve her fellow Kentuckians. “The effects of the Wolf Creek Dam project on communities are extremely challenging. My efforts will be aimed at coordinating and communicating with various government agencies to ensure that accurate and pertinent information is conveyed to the numerous entities involved.”

Legg, a native of Adair County, was appointed by President Bush as administrator of the Rural Utilities Service for the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Washington, D.C., a position she served in from 2001 to 2005. The $9 billion agency administers loans and grants for the infrastructure needs of rural Americans through electric, water, environmental and telecommunications programs.

She also served as the Executive Director and CEO of the Center for Rural Development, a national model for economic development in rural areas.

From 1990 to 1993, Legg served as the alternate federal co-chairman of the Appalachian Regional Commission – a federal-state partnership that works with the people of Appalachia to create opportunities for self-sustaining economic development and improved quality of life.