Economic Development Secretary John Hindman submitted his resignation last month, citing a desire to return to private life and have more flexibility in his day-to-day schedule.
Hindman, who assumed the position in June 2007, will continue on for one year with the state as a consultant to concentrate on large projects already underway, such as the expansion of Ford and Kentucky’s efforts to land a spin-off of General Electric. Prior to joining the state government, Hindman was vice president of strategic communications and public affairs for UPS Airlines.
Larry Hayes has been appointed to assume the duties of Acting Secretary for Economic Development in addition to continuing as Secretary of the Governor’s Cabinet. Gov. Steve Beshear said there is no specific timetable for a permanent replacement, pointing out that transitions “offer a good time in which to evaluate where progress has been made and where more is needed.”
Hayes has a long and diverse background in public service, economic development and private business. In public life, he has recently served as deputy mayor for Louisville Mayor Jerry Abramson and was secretary of the cabinet and budget director for Gov. Martha Layne Collins.