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FRANKFORT, Ky. (WDRB) -- After more than 30 years in state government, Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Secretary Joseph U. Meyer is retiring.
Gov. Steve Beshear announced Meyer's retirement on Wednesday and said it would be effective at the end of June.
Since his appointment in 2009, Meyer has focused on modernizing the unemployment insurance system
in the Commonwealth,
establishing the Early Childhood Advisory Council, merging the state's
Career and Technical Education systems to place academic emphasis on
career skills and creating the Kentucky Center for Education and
proud of what we have accomplished and can close this chapter with the
satisfaction of knowing that we have made a difference," said Meyer.
"I'm thankful to
Gov. Beshear for that opportunity and look forward to taking some time
to recharge my batteries."
Meyer previously served as deputy secretary, and was a senior policy adviser
to Beshear and to Crit Luallen when she was state auditor.
chairman of the Senate Education Committee during early implementation
of the Kentucky Education Reform Act, serving in the Senate from 1989 to
1996. He was a state representative from 1982 to 1988.
plans to return to his home in Covington, spend time with his family
and continue to act as an international election monitor for the
Organization for Security
and Cooperation in Europe.