Tuesday, January 26, 2016

2 state officials depart from Bevin Administration

(AP) — There have been two departures from Governor Matt Bevin's administration: John Rittenhouse from the Kentucky Department of Parks and Arnita Gadson from the Kentucky Environmental Quality Commission.

Media outlets report Rittenhouse submitted his resignation on Friday, and Gadson departed on Monday.

Rittenhouse stepped down from his post as Director of Resorts after details of astate ethics violation were made public through a Kentucky Open Records Law request filed by the Louisville Courier-Journal. The ethics commission charged that Rittenhouse "knowingly" violated an ethics provision in 2013 when he entered into a contract to buy a restaurant that subleased its location from the state.

Gadson says the Bevin administration told her that her services as executive director weren't needed. She says the commission's budget had been drastically cut, and she wasn't given any answer about whether the commission would continue.