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Ex-cop is new Ky. Emergency Management director

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) -- Gov. Steve Beshear has chosen a former Louisville assistant police chief to lead the state's troubled Emergency Management division.

Michael Dossett will take over the state's disaster response planning on Monday. He is the permanent replacement for former director John Heltzel, who resigned last summer after a scathing audit found the agency misspent $5.6 million on things like alcohol and entertainment.

"Michael Dossett is the right man at the right time for this job," Beshear said in a news release. "I have full confidence that, under Mike's leadership, the safety and welfare of citizens of the Commonwealth are in good hands."

Dossett is a former assistant police chief for the Louisville Metro Police Department and a former deputy commissioner for the Department of Juvenile Justice. He was a regional response manager with Kentucky Emergency Management when he retired in 2013. He was unavailable for comment on Friday.

Emergency Management is a division of the Department of Military Affairs under the leadership of the adjutant general, Maj. Gen. Edward Tonini.

The agency directs the state's response to natural and man-made disasters, including floods, tornados and chemical leaks. Tonini said he interviewed several highly qualified people for the job, adding he is glad to have Dossett's experience as the state enters tornado and flood season.


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