Beshear names new public protection secretary


FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Gov. Steve Beshear has chosen Ambrose Wilson IV to be the next secretary of the Public Protection Cabinet.

Wilson has been commissioner of the Department of Housing, Buildings and Construction since 2012 and previously was deputy commissioner of the Department of Financial Institutions. Beshear’s office said in a news release that Wilson has 28 years of human resources experience.

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Wilson succeeds Larry Bond, Beshear’s chief of staff who has been acting secretary since May. Bond stepped in for Robert Vance, who retired from the secretary’s post in May.

The appointment takes effect Friday.

The Public Protection Cabinet regulates banks and investment companies, thoroughbred and standardbred horse racing, insurance companies and alcohol sales and licensing, among other industries.


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