Beshear's Chief Of Staff Mike Haydon Dies

Aug 12, 2012

FRANKFORT, Ky.  -- The office of Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear said Sunday that chief of staff Mike Haydon has died at the age of 62.

Spokeswoman Kerri Richardson told The Associated Press that the cause of death has not been confirmed.

Beshear said in a statement that he and his wife are "shocked and devastated" by the loss.

"Mike's deep experience in state and local government and his vast knowledge of the issues that really matter to the people of this state made him an invaluable leader in our administration and a strong advocate for local governments," Beshear said.

"We have not only lost a man who dedicated his life to improving the future for Kentuckians; we have also lost one of our best friends."

House Speaker Greg Stumbo called Haydon a "true public servant."

"He had a great understanding of the issues ... and that experience helped him and those he worked with immensely," he said.

House Minority Floor Leader Jeff Hoover told the Lexington Herald-Leader that Haydon was a "very good friend" and said he will be missed.

"He was just a good guy," Hoover said.

Haydon spent more than 30 years in public service at both the state and local level.

He became Beshear's chief of staff in 2010 after Adam Edelen resigned from the position. Before that, Haydon served as Beshear's legislative director.

He was also mayor of Springfield and property valuation administrator for Washington County.