State Ed. Chief Orders Car With $13,000 In Extras

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - E-mail messages obtained by a newspaper
show Kentucky Education Commissioner Jon Draud approved the
purchase of a new state car with $13,000 in extra cost items.
The Courier-Journal reported it obtained e-mails under open records provisions.
One showed Draud instructing staff to continue with the purchase
"based on the information/price quote."
The newspaper said the correspondence followed Deputy Finance
Secretary Glenn Mitchell's query about the purchase, in light of Gov. Steve Beshear's executive order that expenditures over $1,000 be justified by agency chiefs.
The paper reported Draud told a reporter Tuesday he didn't recall signing off on the price, but after reviewing e-mails and talking with staff, he said he approved it.
Joe Brothers, chairman of the state Board of Education, said the
car purchase in tough economic times "makes an awfully good person
look bad."

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