FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Kentucky Secretary of State Elaine Walker
will move to the state Department of Parks next month when she
leaves office after 11 months.
As commissioner, Walker will replace Gerry van der Meer, who
resigned after nearly four years, the Parks Department said Monday.
Gov. Steve Beshear appointed Walker in January to serve the
remaining year of the secretary of state's term after Trey Grayson
resigned to take a job at Harvard. Walker was mayor of Bowling
Green for six years.
Last spring, Walker lost her Democratic primary bid for a full
term to eventual winner Alison Lundergan Grimes.
The 60-year-old Walker announced about a month ago that she had undergone surgery to remove a malignant breast tumor, saying it was found early and had not spread to her lymph nodes.