Four Hardin County residents have been named to the transition team helping Gov.-elect Andy Beshear identify qualified people for key appointments in his administration.
Joe Prather, who served as transportation secretary under the governor-elect’s father, Steve Beshear, has agreed to serve as co-chairman of the Transportation Cabinet transition team with Jeff Taylor of Hopkinsville.
Prather’s son, Dr. Jody Prather of Elizabethtown, is serving as co-chairman of the Personnel Cabinet’s transition team with Al Cornish of Louisville.
Hardin County Sheriff John Ward and Commonwealth’s Attorney Shane Young are two of the 15 people named to advise the administration on its Justice and Public Safety Cabinet.
Ward, a former post commander for Kentucky State Police, said he’s not looking for a position in the administration despite reports he could be under consideration.
“I’ve got the best job,” Ward said. “I’m happy working for the people of Hardin County.”
Young said he hopes review applications and other aspects of the work can be conducted electronically so he won’t be pulled away from court responsibilities.
The list includes 164 names and could be expanded, according to the document release Friday afternoon. It is divided into committees for each of the state government’s 12 cabinets plus an eight-member budget committee headed by former Lt. Gov. Crit Luallen.
Beshear previously announced the creation of the website besheartransitionky.com for accepting applications.
Beshear and his running mate, Jacqueline Coleman, a Nelson County educator, take office in a little more than three weeks. Coleman is listed as chairwoman of the transition team for the Education and Workforce Development Cabinet.