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Larry Roberts to become new secretary of Labor Cabinet

Acting Secretary Mark Brown will resign in May

FRANKFORT, Ky. (April 15, 2013) – Larry L. Roberts of Frankfort will become Secretary of the Labor Cabinet effective May 16 with the resignation of Acting Secretary Mark S. Brown, Gov. Steve Beshear announced.

Brown, of Brandenburg, is resigning effective May 15 to pursue other opportunities. He is a former state representative and Meade County judge-executive and served as Deputy Secretary of the Labor Cabinet prior to assuming the role of Acting Secretary in December 2010.

Roberts currently serves as director of the Kentucky State Building & Construction Trades Council, AFL-CIO, and also has a long record of service with the Kentucky Labor Cabinet. In the cabinet, Roberts served in various positions, including as director of the Division of Employment Standards, Apprenticeship and Training.

Roberts also has served as a member of the Governor’s Task Force on Unemployment Insurance and as the labor representative on the Kentucky Prevailing Wage Review Board. He is a member of Plumbers & Pipefitters Local 452 and I.U.O.E. Local 181.

“It will be an honor to serve the commonwealth as secretary of the Labor Cabinet, and to work for and protect Kentucky’s workers,” Roberts said. “I thank the governor for this opportunity.”