Decorated Army veteran will head Finance and Administration Cabinet under Gov.-elect Bevin

12/06/2015 10:57 PM

Gov.-elect Matt Bevin has named retired Col. William Landrum III as his Finance and Administration Cabinet secretary, his transition team announced in a news release Sunday.

Landrum, of Greensburg, was most recently senior associate of the Booz Allen Hamilton Resource Management Consulting Support Team, according to the release. The firm provides consulting, technology and engineering services in the areas of defense, intelligence and civil markets for the federal government as well as work for private-sector clients.

Landrum, a U.S. Army veteran, served his final military assignment in charge of financial operations as acting deputy assistant secretary of the Army for two years and four years as commander of the U.S. Army Financial Command, where he was in charge of handling $1.5 billion in assets from the U.S. Department of the Treasury to Kuwait and Baghdad to support the Coalition Provisional Authority, according to the release.

“I am grateful for the opportunity to serve the Commonwealth in this capacity,” Landrum said in a statement. “I look forward to working with the many fine and talented folks in the Finance Cabinet.”

Bevin took a shot at Gov. Steve Beshear in a statement, the second time he’s taken aim at the departing Democrat since blaming Beshear for a biennial budget shortfall of more than $500 million in announcing John Chilton as his budget director.

Beshear, however, said in response that the “so-called shortfall is just a first look at revenues and selected budget requests.”

“Without a doubt, the Finance and Administration Cabinet Secretary is one of the most critical roles in state government,” Bevin said of Landrum’s appointment.

“Colonel Landrum is exceptionally qualified for this role. He has decades of direct experience in government finance. He will serve the Commonwealth well, as we work to repair the damage done to Kentucky’s financial foundation by recent years of neglect.”

During his military career, Landrum earned a bevy of awards, the release states: the Distinguished Service Medal; the Legion of Merit; a Bronze Star Medal; a Meritorious Service Medal, with five Oak Leaf Clusters; an Army Commendation Medal, with two Oak Leaf Clusters; the Army Achievement Medal, second award; the Saudi Arabian Kuwait Liberation Medal; the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal; the Korean Defense Service Medal; and the South West Asia Service Medal, with three Campaign Stars.

Kevin Wheatley

Kevin Wheatley is a reporter for Pure Politics. He joined cn|2 in September 2014 after five years at The State Journal in Frankfort, where he covered Kentucky government and politics. You can reach him at or 502-792-1135 and follow him on Twitter at @KWheatley_cn2.


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