John Heltzel

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FRANKFORT, Ky. -- The head of the Kentucky Department of Military Affairs is defending the former head of Kentucky's Emergency Management Agency.

Kentucky Adjutant General, Maj. Gen. Edward W. Tonini, told the Lexington Herald Leader that former emergency management director John W. Heltzel is "an honorable person."

The comment came in the wake of a scathing state audit that found the agency wasted taxpayer money, intimidated employees and created a hostile work environment.

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FRANKFORT, Ky. -- Kentucky's emergency management chief resigned Thursday after a blistering review said those within his agency wasted taxpayer money, intimidated employees and created a hostile work environment.

Gov. Steve Beshear said he accepted John Heltzel's resignation Thursday morning, two days after state Auditor Adam Edelen released findings that found $5.6 million in questionable spending in recent years, some of it on alcohol, entertainment and door prizes at conferences.