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Education Secretary Joseph Meyer retiring

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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 Workforce Statistic.

"I'm 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.

He was 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.

Meyer 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.

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