Governor Ernie Fletcher’s Communications Office
Governor Fletcher Names Acting Commissioner of the Governor's Office for Local Development

Press Release Date:  Tuesday, June 05, 2007  
Contact Information:  Jodi Whitaker

Lanny Brannock

Colleen Chaney accepts new position effective immediately

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Governor Ernie Fletcher today announced the appointment of Colleen B. Chaney as acting commissioner of the Governor’s Office for Local Development (GOLD). Chaney most recently served as GOLD’s deputy commissioner and executive director of the Office of State Grants. 

“Colleen has a wealth of experience working with local governments from her experience at GOLD and past work at the Kentucky League of Cities,” said Governor Fletcher. “I know the great work that GOLD does to improve our communities will continue under her capable leadership.”

As GOLD commissioner, Chaney works with a staff of more than 80 employees to strengthen local communities and improve the quality of life for citizens across the commonwealth. GOLD is responsible for the administration of approximately $100 million in state funding to local governments, nonprofit organization and special districts for community development projects. GOLD also advises local governments on sound fiscal management practices, including matters of budget, personnel and operational efficiency.

“By working closely with local officials, the Governor’s Office for Local Development is having a positive impact on the lives of citizens across the commonwealth,” said Chaney.  “I consider it a privilege to continue working toward Governor Fletcher’s mission of strengthening our local communities while maintaining fiscal accountability of taxpayer dollars.”

Prior to her tenure with GOLD, Chaney worked for the Kentucky League of Cities where she focused on communication and membership initiatives.

In 2003, Chaney was named a Lexington’s Rising Star award recipient.  The award recognizes the work of young professionals in central Kentucky who are making a difference in their communities. 

Chaney holds a bachelor’s degree in speech communications and political science from Indiana University.