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Gov. Bevin appoints local government commissioner

Frankfort, Ky. – Governor Matt Bevin today announced the appointment of Sandra Dunahoo as Commissioner of the Department for Local Government. Dunahoo has more than 30 years of governmental service and private sector consulting experience.

Dunahoo is a government relations veteran with involvement in hundreds of millions of dollars in local projects over the span of her career. She most recently served as project development specialist and funding consultant for Nesbitt Engineering Inc.

“I am excited to have Sandy joining our team in this critical role,” Gov. Bevin said. “Her depth of knowledge on funding streams and local projects will be a valuable resource for officials around Kentucky.”

Prior to Nesbitt Engineering, Dunahoo served 10 years as marketing manager for Kenvirons Inc. in Frankfort, and as marketing manager for Elrod Dunson Consulting Engineers in Nashville, TN.

From 1986 to 1994, she served as projects manager and local government liaison to Congressman Hal Rogers, where she worked with local governments seeking federal funding. During that time, she worked with local leaders to secure funding to extend water lines to unserved populations, resulting in an increase from 40 percent served to over 90 percent in many counties.

“I am humbled that Governor Bevin has entrusted me to serve his administration as the Commissioner of the Department of Local Government,” Dunahoo said. “I am honored to have the opportunity to work with the local elected officials of our great Commonwealth.”

Dunahoo, a native of Beattyville, is a Leadership Kentucky Graduate, Class of 2008 and served as a Board member for 2 terms. She and her husband Charles live in Lexington and Booneville. They have one son.