The following is a press release from Governor Steve Beshear:
FRANKFORT, Ky.– “This morning, I accepted the resignation of John Heltzel, the director of Kentucky Emergency Management.
The findings in the recent Auditor’s report made it clear that new leadership was needed in the agency, given the numerous questions and grave concerns it raised about the proper handling of funds, reliable and transparent accounting, and appropriate work environment under the general’s direction.
Under Gen. Heltzel’s leadership, KYEM has done a remarkable job in assisting cities and counties in recovering from the record number of natural disasters that have hit the Commonwealth in the last few years, and I – as well as the citizens of Kentucky – am grateful for that work.
I have appointed Mike Jones, the current administrative officer for Military Affairs, as acting director of KYEM. His first task will be to create a corrective action and implementation plan for issues identified in the Auditor’s report.
The public’s trust is a sacred investment that we all must safeguard, and this change in leadership will help to restore accountability and transparency to this critical agency.” – Gov. Steve Beshear
As of July 2013, We have moved our offices from the Third Floor of the old courthouse to the First floor. You may now find our offices in Room 107 just across the hall from the Judge Executive's offices in the Old Courthouse in Catlettsburg, at 2800 Louisa Street.