Transportation Chief Stepping Down Soon

Frankfort, KY – "With much regret, today I accept the resignation of my friend, Joe Prather, as secretary of the Transportation Cabinet."

Gov. Beshear says Secretary Prather, who's nearly 70, just wants to spend more time with his wife Jennie, their children and grandchildren. Beshear says Prather never intended to remain in the administration for the governor's complete tenure. "He simply has nothing else to prove. And with that, I couldn't agree more."

Beshear says Prather has cleaned-up the cabinet, which the governor once called a "cesspool of cronyism," and has made it more cost effective and efficient. Beshear has named State Highway Engineer Mike Hancock, a career employee of the cabinet, acting secretary.