David Byerman to be new director of the LRC

09/10/2015 12:13 PM

Leaders of the Kentucky General Assembly have reached an agreement and plan to hire David A. Byerman as the new director of the Legislative Research Commission, pending ratification of the full committee.

Byerman is an award-winning legislative administrator with experience in leading governmental organizations at the state and federal levels, according to an LRC news release. He served two terms as Nevada’s Secretary of the Senate, the chamber’s chief executive officer and parliamentarian.

The General Assembly’s leaders reviewed more than 30 applications and interviewed several individuals before they decided on Byerman.

“After our extensive search and considering many qualified candidates, David’s experience in Nevada is what separated him from the rest,” House Speaker Greg Stumbo said in a statement. “He is the best choice to lead LRC in a new direction, and I look forward to working with him.”

While in Nevada, Byerman was credited with bringing innovative practices to the Nevada Senate while he served as the chamber’s chief executive from 2010 to 2015, according to the news release. As Secretary of the Senate, Byerman was responsible for overseeing 90 session employees and managing a $21.5 million biennial budget.

The LRC director is in charge of overseeing the performance of nonpartisan staff employed by General Assembly and delivering high quality, professional services to legislators and the legislature.

The annual salary range advertised to candidates was between $120,000 and $140,000 and after negotiating terms of employment with co-chairs Senate President Robert Stivers and Stumbo, Byerman will earn an annual salary of $135,000, according to the release.

He’s expected to take over as director of the LRC in October, and he would be the first permanent agency head since former LRC Director Robert Sherman resigned in September 2013 after a sexual harassment scandal rocked the Capitol.

Sherman defended his agency’s handling of complaints filed against former Rep. John Arnold by two legislative staffers. The LRC ultimately settled with the women involved, plus another in an unrelated complaint, for $400,000, and Sherman and Arnold also paid undisclosed sums.


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