Beshear appoints 4th GOP lawmaker to state job

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - A retiring Republican lawmaker is being appointed to a position in the Finance and Administration Cabinet.

The Lexington Herald-Leader ( reports 60-year-old state Rep. Danny Ford of Mount Vernon is set to become surplus property director on Jan. 2.

It is the fourth time Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear has appointed a Republican state lawmaker to a job.

When asked about the decision, Beshear spokeswoman Kerri Richardson said Ford's career as a Realtor and auctioneer make him "uniquely qualified" for the $85,000 per year job that has been vacant since spring. It would also make him eligible for an enhanced state pension.

Other appointments by Beshear include Sen. David Williams to a judgeship, Sen. Charlie Borders to the Public Service Commission and Sen. Dan Kelly to a judgeship.

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