New commissioner spent 11 years in security management
FRANKFORT, Ky. (May 18, 2016) — Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) Secretary Greg Thomas today announced the appointment of David Martin, of Petersburg, as commissioner of the Department of Rural and Municipal Aid. Gary Reece, of London, will serve as deputy commissioner.
Prior to state government, Martin spent 11 years in security management and was regional vice president of Brantley Security Services.
He served as the city administrative officer for the City of Union as well as justice of the peace in Boone County. Martin also served three terms on the Wilder City Council.
Martin earned degrees in political science and criminal justice from Northern Kentucky University. He lives in Petersburg with his wife Cindy and two children with a third on the way.
Reece began his career as a right of way agent for the Transportation Cabinet’s Department of Highways District 11 office in Manchester.
Reece left the cabinet in 1972 to pursue a career in the energy and coal industry. After a successful 33-year career in the private industry, Reece returned to KYTC by serving in the Office of Rural Secondary Roads from 2004 to 2006.
In 2006, Reece was appointed the director of legislative affairs and served as a policy advisor to the Office of the Secretary in 2007.
Reece earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration from Eastern Kentucky University.
He is originally from Jackson County and currently lives in London with his wife, Linda. They have three children and five grandchildren.