911 Coordinator Resigns After Questions Arise

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - One of Gov. Steve Beshear's political
appointees has resigned after questions arose about his pay and his
business relationship with a lobbyist.
Beshear named Ralph Coldiron in November as executive director
of the Office of 911 Coordinator and administrator for the
Commercial Mobile Radio Services Board, which is attached to
Homeland Security.
The job was advertised with a annual salary range of $60,000 to
$80,000, but Beshear immediately raised it to $100,000 after naming
Coldiron, who was a friend and business partner of Beshear's chief
of staff, Adam Edelen.
CMRS Board Chairman David Lucas told the Lexington Herald-Leader
that only the board can set the salary and that the governor's
office didn't consult with the board.
The newspaper has also reported that lobbyist Bob Babbage,
Edelen and Coldiron were partners in a company that recently built
and sold a large house on a Bourbon County golf course.
Coldiron says he resigned Tuesday effective Jan. 30 because his
position created a distraction for the administration.
Information from: Lexington Herald-Leader,

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