Ky. Adjutant General defends former emergency management head - WDRB 41 Louisville News

Ky. Adjutant General defends former emergency management head

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Kentucky's Adjutant General is defending the former head of the state's emergency management agency.  Major General Edward Tonini says former director John Heltzel is an honorable person.

It comes after a scathing state audit that found the agency wasted taxpayer money, intimidated employees, and created a hostile work environment.

Heltzel resigned last week, just days after the audit was released.

Tonini described Heltzel as a trusted friend and said he believes Heltzel tried to make the agency run more effectively.  As head of military affairs, Tonini oversees the state's emergency management.

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