Had been deputy commissioner
FRANKFORT, Ky. (Sept. 15, 2016) — Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) Secretary Greg Thomas today announced the appointment of Gary Reece as commissioner of the Department of Rural and Municipal Aid. Reece replaces David Martin, who resigned due to family-related matters. In May Reece was named deputy commissioner.
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 KYTC 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.