FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Gov.-elect Andy Beshear announced his first round of high-level appointments Thursday, selecting four of his close assistants in the attorney general’s office to move with him to the governor’s office next month.
Glasgow native La Tasha Buckner, J. Michael Brown, Travis Mayo and Crystal Staley had four-year auditions for their next jobs while working in the AG’s office.
“I will tell you that not all of our announcements will be people from the attorney general’s office,” Beshear told reporters. “But those that you know the best, you know their qualifications, you know their work ethic, you know you can rely on them.”
Buckner, a 1992 Graduate of Glasgow High School, will serve as general counsel for the governor’s office. Buckner is a former prosecutor and now serves as assistant deputy attorney general for the civil division.
Beshear said his administration will follow a philosophy that “government is open” to the state’s residents and to the news media.
“We might not always agree on what you’re writing or what we’re talking about, but that doesn’t mean that the next day we don’t need to show up and make sure that government is available and open to the people,” the governor-elect said.
Beshear takes office on Dec. 10.