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Former Assistant State Auditor joins KYTC leadership staff

Cindy James appointed special assistant to Secretary Mike Hancock
FRANKFORT, Ky. (Feb. 28, 2012) – Kentucky Transportation Secretary Mike Hancock today announced that Cindy James, who has had a distinguished career in the offices of the Auditor of Public Accounts and the Kentucky Attorney General, is joining the Transportation Cabinet as a special assistant to the Secretary.

Her duties will include oversight of the Cabinet’s internal and external affairs to assure continued integrity, compliance and transparency at all levels of Cabinet work.  Ms. James will coordinate audits, investigations and related actions, as well as oversee the Cabinet’s compliance with a broad spectrum of federal programs.  In addition, Ms. James will serve as Acting Inspector General.

“I believe the addition of Cindy James will further strengthen a management team that has built a record of stability, balance and transparency,” Secretary Hancock said. “With her background in the Auditor’s Office, she is uniquely prepared to assist us in dealing with the many accountability issues that confront the Transportation Cabinet on a daily basis.”

Ms. James, who is a Certified Public Accountant, had two periods of service totaling 22 years in the Auditor’s office. She was Assistant State Auditor under Crit Luallen from 2004 to 2011, directing an audit staff of 135 employees and overseeing production of 600 financial audits per year.

Ms. James began her state government career in the Auditor’s office in 1980 and served in various roles through 1995, from public accounts auditor to Assistant State Auditor.

From 1996 to 2003 she was Director of Administrative Services in the Office of Attorney General (OAG). In that role, she directed administrative and financial functions of 12 OAG divisions and served as appointing authority for 228 employees.

“The Transportation Cabinet has professional, experienced auditors and investigators, and I look forward to joining them in their efforts to bring continued accountability to the Cabinet,” Ms. James said.

Ms. James earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Eastern Kentucky University in 1979 and has been a CPA since 1982. She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Kentucky Society of Certified Public Accountants, Government Finance Officers Association, National State Auditors’ Association and the United Way of the Bluegrass “Back on Track” federal program advisory council.