Attorney: ABC commissioner wasn’t told reason for removal

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — An attorney representing the former commissioner of the state Alcoholic Beverage Commission says his client wasn’t given a reason for his dismissal.

Louisville attorney Kenneth Handmaker told the Lexington Herald-Leader ( that Steven Edwards was fired on Aug. 5 and has received no explanation as to why.

Gov. Matt Bevin filed an executive order Monday to remove Edwards from his post, saying he had “lost confidence” in his ability to lead. Bevin referred to “matters” being brought to his attention, but did not elaborate.

Before Edwards was commissioner, he served on the ABC board and was the distilled spirits administrator. He is also the former division chief for claims at Fort Knox.

Edwards served in an appointed position that paid $100,000 annually.


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