FRANKFORT, Ky. — Gov. Andy Beshear has announced that Labor Cabinet Secretary Larry Roberts will retire at the end of June in order to spend more time with his family and that Jamie Link will lead the cabinet as secretary beginning July 1.
Roberts began his career in state government in 1973 as an investigator with the state Labor Department. He held various positions over 33 years with the Labor Cabinet, including as secretary under Gov. Steve Beshear from 2013 to 2015. He also served as state director for the Kentucky State Building and Construction Trades Council from September 2002 to April 2013. Prior to joining Gov. Andy Beshear’s administration, Roberts served as a consultant for the Kentucky Pipe Trades Association.
Jamie Link most recently served as the executive director of the Kentucky Communications Network Authority. In March 2020, he began overseeing the KentuckyWired project, which is expected to be complete this October. Link has held many leadership roles throughout his career, including serving as deputy chief of staff to Gov. Steve Beshear and as deputy secretary of both the Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet and the Finance and Administration Cabinet. Link also served as the chief executive officer of the FEI World Equestrian Games in 2010.