4:40 pm
Tue August 11, 2009

Ky. Transportation Secretary Resigns

Kentucky – The man who has headed the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet since Governor Steve Beshear took office in December 2007 is stepping down. We get details from Kentucky Public Radio's Tony McVeigh.

"With much regret, today I accept the resignation of my friend, Joe Prather, as secretary of the Transportation Cabinet."

Governor Beshear says Secretary Prather, who's nearly 70, just wants to spend more time with his wife Jennie, their children and grandchildren. Beshear says Prather never intended to remain in the administration for the governor's complete tenure. "He simply has nothing else to prove. And with that, I couldn't agree more."

Beshear says Prather has cleaned-up the cabinet, which the governor once called a "cesspool of cronyism," and has made it more cost effective and efficient. Beshear has named State Highway Engineer Mike Hancock, a career employee of the cabinet, acting secretary.