Comer appoints task force to study fuel testing laboratory

07/03/2012 09:00 PM

Agriculture Commissioner James Comer announced the members of a fuel task force who will address concerns raised in a audit of former Kentucky Department of Agriculture Commissioner Richie Farmer’s administration.

The task force includes leaders in the fuel industry, agriculture and government efficiencies.

Members include: Wayne Hunt, Hopkinsville: Owner of large scale agri-business operations in western Kentucky who is also chairman of the James Comer transition team.

Phil Moffett, Louisville: Former president and CEO of the Bluegrass Institute for Public Policy Solutions and president of a successful private business in Lexington.

Jenny Inman, Owensboro: Private commodities broker in western Kentucky.

Steve Kelly, New Liberty: Deputy executive director of the Office of Consumer and Environmental Protection and acting budget director at the Kentucky Department of Agriculture.

Kathy Gornick, Lexington: Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Bluegrass Institute for Public Policy Solutions and president of a successful private business in Lexington.

“These individuals are some of the great, creative minds in their fields,” said Commissioner Comer. “It is my hope that their recommendations will help fix what was exposed to be a money pit for the taxpayers during the previous administration.”

During his first month in office, Comer called for a thorough and sweeping audit of the operations of the Farmer administration at the Department of Agriculture. One of the findings of that audit stated that the fuel lab, tasked with quantity and quality testing of fuels and pesticides, cost Kentucky taxpayers $900,000 last year.

Farmer told legislators in 2008 that the fuel lab would actually generate income for the Department.

The fuel task force will convene on July 24 at the Kentucky Department of Agriculture office in Frankfort.

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