Kentucky Personnel Board

Matt Markgraf / WKMS

The Kentucky Personnel Board will investigate whether Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes broke state law by relying on politics to influence hiring decisions for state workers.

The former secretary of the Kentucky Personnel Cabinet has been charged with accepting bribes to hire a consulting firm for the state’s employee health plan, which the cabinet administers.

Ed Reinke / AP

An ongoing investigation into alleged improprieties at the Kentucky Department of Agriculture isn’t on the agenda of the Personnel Board’s last meeting for the year. Board members voted earlier this year to open an inquiry into personnel issues at the Department of Agriculture under former Commissioner Richie Farmer. Board Executive Director Mark Sipek says it could be months before the investigation is completed. A state audit accused Farmer of using state employees for personal business like hunting and shopping trips, yard work, and chauffeuring his dog.

Kentucky Personnel Board to Discuss Agriculture Audit

May 14, 2012
Ed Reinke AP

The Kentucky Personnel Board is expected to begin consideration today of a scathing audit of the state Agriculture Department under former Commissioner Richie Farmer.