Bevin appoints Hal Heiner as education, workforce secretary

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Republican Gov.-elect Matt Bevin has appointed one of his former rivals to work in his administration.

Hal Heiner will be the next Education and Workforce Development Cabinet secretary. Heiner finished third in the Republican primary for governor in May. Heiner was critical of Bevin during debates, and a super PAC that supported Heiner paid for TV ads attacking Bevin for his tax problems.

But Heiner and Bevin reconciled after the election, and Heiner endorsed Bevin and campaigned with him just days before the Nov. 3 election. Heiner also serves on Bevin’s transition team.

Bevin has said he wants to reform how Kentucky trains its workforce. A survey by the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce found the state spends $900 million a year on workforce training yet just 8 percent of employers said Kentucky’s workers had “good skills.”


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