FRANKFORT, Ky. (Aug. 30, 2017) — Finance and Administration Cabinet Secretary William M. Landrum III announced changes to management staff at the Cabinet and Department of Revenue levels.
Melinda M. Hill took over as chief of staff for the Finance Cabinet in mid-August, replacing Edwin King who is now executive director and CEO of the Kentucky Housing Corporation. Prior to her appointment she served as deputy commissioner for the Department of Revenue (DOR). Ms. Hill brings more than 30 years of public and private sector experience to the cabinet.
Before joining DOR, Ms. Hill was vice president of the Inter-Modal Transportation Authority where she was responsible for planning, promoting, directing, coordinating and managing activities for the Kentucky TriModal Transpark, including an 800-acre industrial park. Other career stints include training director for Southern Foods, Inc., and marketing and management positions with Fruit of the Loom and Trans Financial Bank.
Ms. Hill has played an active role in her community including being elected to the Bowling Green City Commission where she served four years as Mayor Pro Tem. She has served on several boards of directors for local and regional organizations and currently serves on the Inter-Modal Transportation Authority Board.
A Warren County native, Ms. Hill graduated from Union University in Jackson, Tennessee with a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting and a minor in computer science along with an MBA from Western Kentucky University. She is also a Leadership West Kentucky and Leadership Bowling Green alum. Ms. Hill has two adult children and attends Broadway United Methodist Church in Bowling Green.
C. Jane Becker replaces Melinda Hill as deputy commissioner for the Department of Revenue. Ms. Becker previously was the executive director of the Office of Income Taxation for the department. Becker graduated with a degree in biology from Vassar College and received her J.D. from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. She served as a judicial law clerk for Justice Robert L. Brown of the Arkansas Supreme Court and practiced law in Lexington, KY for more than 10 years. Ms. Becker also has an LL.M. (tax) from the University of Florida and has worked as in-house legal counsel for both private and publicly held companies. Jane is a member of the Kentucky Bar Association and a registered patent attorney. She resides in Lexington with her two young daughters.
“I am pleased to have the experience and talent Melinda and Jane bring to their new positions,” said Secretary Landrum. “I value their input and thoughtful approach to leading staff and solving problems.”