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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  • by Don Location: London on Jan 14, 2009 at 12:31 PM
    Massive budget short falls and spending cuts everywhere but this guy is paid $20-$40,000 more a year than he was allowed!! How many more are out there just like him?On top of that,this is a position that does absolultly nothing and no one would miss it if it was done away with completly.Come on,Steve B.,give us a break.
  • by Mikail on Jan 14, 2009 at 09:10 AM
    would somebody out there just please do the right thing for once, have some care in that you represent the many citizens of the state.
  • by Zatoichi Location: Richmond on Jan 14, 2009 at 09:03 AM
    Appoint this guy to the airport board asap.
  • by Carl on Jan 14, 2009 at 09:00 AM
    Paul, you are correct we learned that well from Bush,Chaney and Fletcher.
  • by Chuck Location: Pike County on Jan 14, 2009 at 08:58 AM
    Should this really be a surprise to anyone? Right up there with the governor of Ill. All politicians think they are above the law and we let them get away with it, from city, county, state and nationwide. They vote themselves big raises while the working man has to decide not to pay so that they can feed their families. Paul in Lexington is right, it is our fault for voting this idiots into office to begin with. We need to wake up and get things changed.
  • by ladybug on Jan 14, 2009 at 08:38 AM
    Birds of a feather all flock together.
  • by Paul Location: Lexington on Jan 14, 2009 at 07:44 AM
    People need to realize that is doesn't matter if you are a democrat, republican, or whatever....politicians are corrupt, it is just a matter of if they get caught or not, but that really doesn't matter either because they never do anything to them, especially those that are higher up on the food chain. How many people resign from a six figure job because they are a distraction????....we the people are to blame because we sit and allow this gross mismanagement of our money and do nothing but sit back and watch our goverment fail us!


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