FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Longtime Cabinet for Economic Development
Secretary Gene Strong, who has held the post since 1993, said
Friday that he's resigning next year.
Strong began as a deputy secretary in the cabinet in 1991 under
former Gov. Brereton Jones, but will resign effective Jan. 31,
2007, according to a news release. The Kentucky Economic
Development Partnership Board appointed Strong as secretary of the
cabinet in March 1993.
"It has been a privilege and distinct honor to serve as
secretary of the economic development cabinet for nearly 14
years," Strong said in a statement. "I appreciate the support I
have received over the years from three governors, the Kentucky
General Assembly, the partnership board, a host of global business
leaders and the Kentucky economic development community."
Most of Gov. Ernie Fletcher's original executive cabinet have
resigned or switched jobs since he took office in 2003. Among those
who have departed include former Commerce Secretary Jim Host,
former Education Secretary Virginia Fox and Health and Family
services Secretary James Holsinger.
Fletcher inherited Strong in the position. The news release did
not say whether a successor had been named.
"Secretary Strong has done an outstanding job of bringing jobs
and economic development to Kentucky," Fletcher said in the
statement. "I have worked with Gene going back to my days in
Congress, and he has done an exemplary job of representing Kentucky
around the world."
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