Beshear names Larry Bond new Chief of Staff

08/29/2012 04:42 PM

Gov. Steve Beshear has named Larry Bond his new Chief of Staff after the sudden loss of his previous chief of staff Mike Haydon who died after suffering a heart attack in mid August.

“We are still grieving the loss of Mike, but we know that Mike would have told us to pick ourselves up and get back to work on behalf of our citizens,” said Gov. Beshear in a press release. “Larry has been a close advisor since he joined our office, and he has not only a keen understanding of policy and statewide issues, he also has a deep love for his home state. He’s the right person to step into this enormous role at a very difficult time.”

Bond was named Deputy Chief of Staff in September 2010 to assist Mike Haydon. Prior to that, he served as both Commissioner and later Deputy Secretary of the Department of Public Protection, which oversees 11 agencies tasked with the common goal of protecting the public.

Bond, who becomes Beshear’s fourth chief of staff, is a native of Butler County and currently resides in Louisville. His appointment is effective Wednesday.

Beshear’s office said he plans on naming another Deputy Chief of Staff at an unspecified time.

Nick Storm

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