Mayor Jim Gray announced seven mid-term permanent and temporary staff appointments. Gray said the recent departure of Finance and Administration Commissioner Jane Driskell, who was sworn is as Governor Steve Beshear’s State Budget Director, gave him an opportunity to “examine current roles, responsibilities, skill sets of staff members, and make adjustments and realignments.”
The new appointments are:
Sally Hamilton will be the city’s Chief Administrative Officer (CAO). Hamilton, who has worked in a variety of key management positions in state government, is currently serving as Commissioner of the Department of General Services. Gray described her as a “utility in-fielder, a strong manager and a problem solver.” She becomes the first woman to serve as the city’s CAO. (Hamilton holds a Ph.D. in German from the University of Kentucky and she has completed post graduate work in public administration).
Richard Moloney has been named Commissioner of the Department of Environmental Quality and Public Works. Moloney currently has a dual role as CAO and Department Commissioner. Gray said the Department needs a common-sense, hands-on manager. “Richard’s experience leading the state’s Department of Housing, Buildings and Construction makes him well suited to lead this Department,” Gray said.
Geoff Reed will be the new Commissioner of General Services, returning to the Gray administration to replace Hamilton. Reed has considerable experience in government, at both the state and federal level. He left the Gray administration last spring to serve as senior advisor to former Congressman Ben Chandler.