Public Protection Cabinet announces leadership change

Duane Curry

FRANKFORT, Ky. — The Kentucky Public Protection Cabinet (PPC) announced Tuesday the appointment of Duane S. Curry as deputy commissioner of the Department of Housing, Buildings, and Construction (HBC). PPC Secretary K. Gail Russell announced the appointment, which is effective immediately.

Curry has served as director of the Division of Building Code Enforcement since his appointment to HBC in January 2016. As director, he was responsible for the oversight and enforcement of state and federal laws pertaining to the Kentucky Building Code.

“His knowledge of the intricacies and breadth of policies that regulate this industry is unmatched,” said HBC Commissioner Steve Milby. “His expertise has enabled us to reform the building code by eliminating unnecessary red tape while still improving the rules that assure public safety. I look forward to serving alongside Duane and continuing to accomplish great things on behalf of Kentuckians.”

Growing up in Madison County, Curry obtained certification as a building code inspector in 1986. He has since obtained numerous additional certifications as both an examiner and inspector in zoning and residential and commercial inspection. In his 37 years of service in various roles at both the local and state level, Curry has overseen countless high priority initiatives.

As deputy commissioner, he will assist Milby in providing policy direction and program supervision to each of the divisions within the department.

“I am honored for the opportunity to continue our great work in this critical industry,” said Curry. “I thank Governor Bevin and Secretary Russell for entrusting my leadership and ability to serve as deputy commissioner.”

Prior to joining the Bevin administration, Curry held various positions in local government, including engineering services director for the city of Paris, chief building inspector and director of planning for the Madison County Fiscal Court, and assistant fire marshal for the University of Kentucky. In addition, he is active in the community, serving on several advisory boards and committees.

He and his wife live in Madison County.

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