Top Gubernatorial Aide Named Director of Homeland Security
|Press Release Date:
||November 12, 2004
Frankfort, KY: Governor Ernie Fletcher and Lt. Governor Steve Pence announced today that Keith Hall is their choice to lead the Commonwealth's Office of Homeland Security.
"Keith is uniquely prepared to take on the complex coordination challenges associated with this position, "said Governor Ernie Fletcher. "He knows Washington, he knows Frankfort, and knows this state. His ability to communicate and advocate on all levels of government will ensure that our Commonwealth's commitment to homeland security and protecting Kentucky's families will be honored."
Since December, Hall has served as the Governor's Assistant for Boards and Commissions and was promoted to Deputy Chief of Staff in June. He also served as Deputy Chair of Gubernatorial Transition upon the Governor's election last November. An attorney, Hall lived in New York from 2001 to 2003 while working in the corporate headquarters of Insight Communications, Kentucky's largest cable television company, as its Vice-President for Government and Regulatory Affairs. He was an Associate in the law firm of Pedley Zielke Gordinier and Pence in Louisville and was also a Congressional Aide to U.S. Congresswoman Anne Northup.
US Congressman Hal Rogers, Chairman of the Appropriations Subcommittee for Homeland Security praised Hall's selection. "I look forward to working with Keith to ensure Kentucky continues to be among the nation's leaders in prevention and preparedness initiatives. He has my every confidence that the Office of Homeland Security will serve as good stewards of the federal dollars we work hard to get for Kentucky," said Chairman Rogers.
Attached to the Office of the Governor, Homeland Security officials have administered nearly $40 million dollars in grants to state and local governments.
Just last week Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge applauded the Office by recognizing this office as a "model for the rest of the country."
"Erwin Roberts has built a strong operational and strategic foundation for the Office of Homeland Security. Keith will build upon that foundation by focusing on communication and garnering the necessary resources to ensure our Commonwealth is best prepared to meet the unique challenges presented in the post 9-11 world." said Lt. Governor Steve Pence who oversees the functions of the Office.
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