Personnel Board asked to investigate transfers

FRANKFORT, KY (AP) - A member of the Kentucky Personnel Board has requested an investigation into whether the Department of Agriculture illegally placed two political appointees in protected positions.

Vice Chairman Larry B. Gillis told the Lexington Herald-Leader on Wednesday that a probe is needed to determine whether the workers were transferred from positions as politically appointed division directors into positions protected by the state's merit system without following normal procedures.

Gillis said the transfers look suspicious. The investigation he requested would determine if the workers were moved into protected positions so that they wouldn't lose their jobs in the next administration.

A political campaign is now under way to choose a replacement for two-term Commissioner Richie Farmer, who is running for lieutenant governor.

Department of Agriculture spokesman Bill Clary declined to comment Wednesday.


Information from: Lexington Herald-Leader,

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