Kentucky governor appoints his appraiser’s wife to $90K job

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) – The wife of the appraiser whose estimate was key to Governor Matt Bevin’s successful appeal of his house’s property tax value has landed a state job with a $90,000 salary.

The Courier-Journal reported Tuesday that Bevin appointed Shellie A. May as the executive director of the Kentucky Commission for Children with Special Health Care Needs.

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Cabinet for Health and Family Services spokesman Doug Hogan touted May’s nursing and managerial credentials, along with her experience taking care of a son with special needs.

May holds a bachelor’s in nursing, but Kentucky Board of Nursing General Counsel Nathan Goldman says records show she’s never been licensed as a nurse in Kentucky.

May was previously an executive assistant to the Jeffersontown mayor. She says she was one of six candidates.