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Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Former Assistant State Auditor, Cindy James, Hired To Replace David Ray As Acting Inspector General For Kentucky Transportation Cabinet.

Acting inspector general named for Transportation
Written by The Courier-Journal

FRANKFORT, KY. — State Transportation Secretary Mike Hancock on Tuesday hired former Assistant State Auditor Cindy James as an assistant whose initial duties will include serving as the Transportation Cabinet’s acting inspector general.

A news release from the cabinet said James “will coordinate audits, investigations and related actions, as well as oversee the cabinet’s compliance with a broad spectrum of federal programs.”

James is a certified public accountant whose career includes 22 years in the state auditor’s office and eight years as director of administrative services in the attorney general’s office.

She was assistant state auditor under Auditor Crit Luallen from 2004 to 2011, directing a staff of 135 employees, the news release said.

In an interview, Luallen described James as “one of the most competent and committed professionals I’ve ever worked with.”

Last week Hancock fired David Ray as the cabinet’s inspector general without giving any reason. Ray, who had previously worked 31 years with the U.S. Secret Service, oversaw many reports critical of cabinet activities under former Gov. Ernie Fletcher and Gov. Steve Beshear during more than seven years as inspector general.

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