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Former U.S. EKY Attorney Now Head of Kentucky Justice and Public Safety Cabinet

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (WYMT) – A household name to many East Kentuckians is now the head of one of the state’s most important offices.

On Monday, Gov. Andy Beshear announced that Public Protection Cabinet Secretary Kerry Harvey is now the head of the Justice and Public Safety Cabinet.

Harvey previously served for years as the United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Kentucky.

“I am honored that Governor Beshear has asked me to lead the Justice and Public Safety Cabinet,” Secretary Harvey said in a press release. “The cabinet plays a vital role in ensuring that the citizens of our Commonwealth live in a society that is both secure and just. I look forward to working with the firm team in pursuit of these inseparable ideals.

In other Beshear administration news, Keith Jackson, Commissioner of the Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs, will join Harvey as the new Deputy Secretary of the Justice and Public Safety Cabinet, Ray Perry is now secretary of the Public Protection Cabinet. Current Assistant Secretary Ronnie Bastin has announced his retirement.

The Deputy Commissioner of the Department of Veterans Affairs, Whitney Allen, will assume the role of Commissioner and Amy Cubbage, General Counsel to Governor Beshear, has been appointed to the Civil Service Commission and will serve as its vice-chair.

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