-- Richmond Businessman Lee Murphy to Serve on Governorís
Richmond, KY -November 16th, 2007 Lee
Murphy of Richmond has been named to the transition team that will help transfer
the Commonwealths daily operations to the newly elected Beshear / Mongiardo
Murphy is the founder and president of Chapel Communications, a 12 year old
Richmond based Internet Services Provider. Mr. Murphy also serves as Co-Chair
for Leadership Madison County, as well as serving on the Board of the Richmond
Chamber of Commerce. Murphy received the Ernst & Young Award for Outstanding
Entrepreneurship in 2001 and represented Kentucky as a delegate to the 2004
Democratic National Convention. Murphy also served 3 terms as president of the
Kentucky Internet Service Providers Association and looks forward to bringing a voice
into government regarding expansion of broadband services to Kentuckyís rural
areas. Murphy was chosen by the Governor-Elect to work with Lexington
businessman Ed Holmes in the organization and transition of the Governorís
Ed Holmes of Lexington will be chair of the Governorís Office transition team.
Holmes is founder and owner of EHI Consultants, a planning and engineering firm.
He served as Secretary of the Cabinet of Public Protection during the
administration of Gov. Brereton Jones and later served on the Public Service
Commission. He is presently Vice President of Cincinnati Bell Telephone.
Also serving on the Governors Team is former Miss America Heather
Ellen Hesen of Louisville who served as General Counsel for the state Auditor
will serve as Beshearís General Counsel. Governor/Elect Beshear stated that he
believes Ms. Hesen may be the first woman to serve in that job. Ms. Hesen
previously served as General Counsel for the Cabinet for Health Services and
Deputy Secretary of the Cabinet for Health Services.
JoEtta Wickliffe, Economic Development Cabinet: Wickliffe, of Harrodsburg, has
been a member of the University of Kentucky Board of Trustees since 1997. She
also has been chairman, president and chief executive officer and director of
the State Bank & Trust Company in Harrodsburg since 1963.
Mark D. Guilfoyle, a northern Kentucky attorney, will chair the Finance Cabinet
team. Guilfoyle served in Jonesí administration in several positions: General
Counsel, Budget Director and Secretary of the Executive Cabinet.
Donna Moore of Lexington will chair the Education Cabinet team. She worked for
Kentucky Education Television from 1975 to 2004, ultimately becoming Deputy
Other members of the transition teams include:
Carol Palmore, Personnel Cabinet: Palmore was personnel secretary for former
Gov. Paul Patton and labor secretary for Govs. Martha Layne Collins and Wallace
Wilkinson. She also was general counsel for the Labor Cabinet for Gov. John Y.
Eleanor Jordan, Health and Family Services Cabinet: Jordan is a principal
assistant to Attorney General Greg Stumbo and a former state representative from
Louisville. Gov. Paul Patton appointed her ombudsman for the Cabinet for
Families and Children.
Donna Moore, Education Cabinet: Moore is a former official for the Kentucky
Educational Television network in Lexington.
Steve Nunn, Environmental and Public Protection Cabinet: Nunn is the son of the
late Gov. Louie Nunn and former state representative from Glasgow. He has been
physician recruiter for T.J. Samson Hospital in Glasgow.
Helen Mountjoy, Commerce Cabinet: Mountjoy is executive vice president of the
Greater Owensboro Economic Development Corporation, chair of the Owensboro
advisory board for BB&T and a member of the Kentucky Chamber's Postsecondary
Education Task Force, the High Price of Being Poor Commission. She also is a
member of the Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence.
Ernesto Scorsone will head the Transportation Cabinet: Scorsone is an attorney
and a state senator from Lexington. Scorsone, a former chair of the Senate
Transportation Committee. "We've got to do a lot to improve the confidence level
in the Transportation Cabinet."
Beshear said he is still filling out the teams for each cabinet and hopes to
announce the remaining members by next week. But he said he is careful to follow
ethics opinions which indicate anyone who does business with the state or whose
business or interests are regulated by the state cannot serve on transition
teams in those areas.
Beshear said he has not ruled out members of his transition team as permanent
members of his administration, but ďI have also not talked to any of these
people about that.Ē He said he could name Republicans to his administration and
might retain some current Fletcher appointees.