FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Gov.-elect Steve Beshear on Monday named a
businessman to be his senior adviser.
Thomas L. Preston, who founded a Lexington public relations
firm, will report directly to the governor. Preston will also be a
liaison between Beshear and state agencies during emergencies and
"I called upon Tom for advice many times during my campaign and
am pleased he is taking on this new role," Beshear said in a
Beshear, a Democrat, defeated Gov. Ernie Fletcher in last week's
election and gets sworn in as governor next month. Since the
election, Beshear has been naming officials to his administration.
Preston, 73, founded the Preston Group, Inc. in 1968 and was its
board chairman until 1997. He has been involved in state government
during his career, including a stint as top assistant to former
Gov. Wendell Ford.