State fires commissioner of health agency

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Kentucky officials are giving no reason for the dismissal of a commissioner who oversees services for people with mental illness and disabilities.

The Lexington Herald-Leader reports that Stephen Hall was given a letter that says his "services as commissioner are no longer needed." His firing was effective at the end of business on Friday. Hall was commissioner of the Department for Behavioral Health, Developmental and Intellectual Disabilities since 2009.

The letter cited no cause for Hall's termination and said he could not appeal the decision to the Kentucky Personnel Board.

Hall was a political appointee, which means he served at the pleasure of Gov. Steve Beshear.

Officials with the Cabinet for Health and Family Services, which oversees the behavioral health department, declined to comment on why Hall was dismissed.

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