Governor Ernie Fletcher’s Communications Office
Governor Ernie Fletcher Appoints Executive Director of the Office of Drug Control Policy
Bill Patrick brings record of extensive public service
FRANKFORT, Ky. – Governor Ernie Fletcher announced today that Bill Patrick will serve as executive director of the Office of Drug Control Policy (ODCP). Patrick has been director of employee benefits in the Kentucky Personnel Cabinet’s Office of Employee Relations since December 2003.
“Bill Patrick has built a career serving Kentucky in county government, executing programs within state government and working with the General Assembly,” said Governor Fletcher. “I am confident Bill will use his leadership and experience as executive director of the Office of Drug Control Policy to build on our successes to help our fellow Kentuckians break their addictions and make a difference in our communities.”
Patrick’s extensive background in state and local government includes service as a principal assistant in the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, a division director in the Kentucky Department of Agriculture and as commissioner of the former Department of Local Government. Patrick also was judge-executive of Powell County for six years. Under Governor Fletcher, he has developed proactive marketing, education and training efforts for the Kentucky Employee Assistance Program (KEAP).
“Since my involvement with KEAP, I have observed what a coordinated approach can accomplish to improve the lives of people struggling with addictions,” said Patrick. “During the last three years, the Fletcher administration has laid a solid foundation which has made a real impact in the fight against drugs. I am honored to be able to continue my involvement with Governor Fletcher and the commonwealth in this new capacity.”
“Bill Patrick’s solid leadership and extensive background in local and state government will be a great asset,” said Norman E. Arflack, secretary of the Justice and Public Safety Cabinet. “Bill has a deep understanding of the impact that addiction has on individuals, families and communities. “
As executive director, Patrick will oversee the state agency responsible for ensuring prevention, treatment, education and law enforcement initiatives to address drug abuse in Kentucky.
Patrick’s appointment is effective today.