Edelen's top team includes 2 Luallen deputies, a longtime state official and 2 campaign aides

01/03/2012 08:04 PM

State Auditor Adam Edelen officially began work Tuesday with his leadership team in place that includes two top-level examiners who will remain from Crit Luallen’s staff.

Edelen named Libby Carlin, a certified public accountant and 14-year veteran of state government, as assistant auditor of public accounts. She served as audit manager of the agency’s office of financial audits before becoming interim director of Luallen’s division of financial audits.

And Brian Lykins will stay as director of the agency’s office of technology and special audits. Lykins has worked for 24 years in the auditors office and was instrumental in the major special investigations Luallen’s office conducted into improper spending at quasi-governmental organizations, such as the Kentucky League of Cities, Kentucky Association of Counties and Bluegrass Airport.

Tom Bennett, a former commissioner of Fish and Wildlife Resources from 1993 to 2005, will serve as Edelen’s chief of staff. Bennett served as commissioner for 11 years before retiring. During his tenure he created the National Archery in the Schools program in 2002, which has grown to include participation from 5,000 schools.

Bennett worked in the state department for surface mining reclamation under Gov. Wallace Wilkinson then served as deputy secretary of the Natural Resources and Public Protection Cabinet and deputy secretary of the cabinet for Gov. Brereton Jones.

Edelen also brings two aides with him from his successful campaign. Nathan Cryder will work as senior policy advisor. And Will Carle, who worked with Edelen in the state office of homeland security and during Edelen’s tenure as Gov. Steve Beshear’s chief of staff, will be Edelen’s executive aide.

Previously, Edelen announced former Louisville Courier-Journal reporter Stephenie Steitzer would be communications director.

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