Personnel Cabinet secretary steps down, will practice law


FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) – The secretary of Gov. Steve Beshear’s Personnel Cabinet has resigned to practice law in Louisville.

Tim Longmeyer has led the cabinet since January 2011. Longmeyer was Beshear’s top adviser on health insurance benefits for the 275,000 people on the state health plan. He also was an ex-officio trustee on the Kentucky Retirement Systems Board.

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Beshear noted that under Longmeyer, participation in preventive care programs has reached more than 90 percent of the state health plan’s participants. And he worked to offer retiree health benefits through the Medicare Advantage plan, saving the retirement system money.

Beshear named Personnel Cabinet general counsel Dinah Bevington as the acting secretary. Bevington has been with the cabinet since 2007.

Beshear, a Democrat, will leave office in December. He cannot seek re-election because of term limits.


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