The Governor is the highest elected office in Kentucky and serves as the chief administrator of the Commonwealth. In addition to other powers and duties, the Governor acts as Commander-in-Chief of all state military forces, makes appointments for vacancies to executive offices and memberships on boards and commissions authorized by statute, and has the power to grant pardons and commutations.
Governor’s Executive Cabinet
Secretary of the Governor’s Executive Cabinet is the highest appointed position in the executive branch. The governor’s executive cabinet is comprised of the secretary of the executive cabinet and Kentucky’s eleven cabinet secretaries and is responsible for implementing the Governor’s policies and advising the Governor on the policy matters affecting the Commonwealth.
Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet
The Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet combines Kentucky’s assets in parks, tourism, cultural heritage, and the arts to effectively promote and market these assets.
Cabinet for Economic Development
The primary state agency in Kentucky responsible for creating new jobs and investment in the state.
Education and Workforce Development Cabinet
Provides learning opportunities. The Cabinet’s agencies prepare our citizens for success and our Commonwealth for economic growth.
Energy and Environment Cabinet
Oversees how the Commonwealth addresses the energy needs of our citizens. The Cabinet is also responsible for the protection of the Commonwealth’s environment and natural resources.
Finance and Administration Cabinet
Responsible for the construction of state facilities, property management, expenditure control, state purchasing and postal and printing services.
Cabinet for Health and Family Services
The state government agency responsible for the human services and health care programs.
Justice and Public Safety Cabinet
Responsible for criminal justice services including law enforcement and training; autopsies, death certifications and toxicology analyses; paroling of eligible convicted felons; administration of federal grants for criminal justice programs; and long range planning and recommendations on statewide criminal justice reform issues.
Responsible for creating workplace environments that are safe and free of conflict, where all workers are properly trained and receive fair pay and benefits for a quality standard of living.
Serves as a strategic partner to state agencies by encouraging talent acquisition and management practices, promoting individual and organizational development for the employees of the state.
Public Protection Cabinet
Responsible for monitoring and regulating a number of activities including, but not limited to, appeals of a property tax assessments; building permits and fire safety inspections and crime victims compensation among many other duties.
Responsible for overseeing the development and maintenance of multi-modaltransportation systems throughout the commonwealth.
Cabinet Rank Members:
- Department of Military Affairs
- Office of the State Budget Director