GOP leaders not renewing LRC Director's contract

08/28/2018 02:33 PM

FRANKFORT- GOP leaders have decided not to renew David Byerman’s contract to serve as Director of the Legislative Research Commission.

Byerman revealed the decision of Senate President Robert Stivers, R-Manchester, and House Speaker Pro Tem David Osborne, R-Prospect, in a statement Tuesday.

“This is of course their prerogative, but their decision surprised me and will no doubt surprise many among the staff and in the community.” his statement read.

Byerman has said the leaders told him they wanted to take the office “in a different direction” and it was not based on his performance.

Byerman was appointed in 2015 after a national search.

“I am proud that, without a doubt, I am leaving LRC in a far stronger place than I found it three years ago. I have come to care a great deal for the employees of this agency and the legislators they will continue to serve. I am optimistic that this agency is better positioned than it has ever been — to realize its full potential and to continue its important duties to the citizens of the Commonwealth. I thank the Legislative Research Commission for this opportunity and I look forward to facilitating a smooth transition.” Byerman concluded his statement with.

The Kentucky Democratic Party is responding to news saying it is a move to politicize the LRC.

“Previous decisions to place Chiefs of Staff as interim head of the Commission were bipartisan and upon retirement of the Director. This decision to fire the Director and replace him with partisan staff right before an election calls into question the independent, non-partisan reputation of the Commission and should be reversed immediately.” a statement from KDP Chair Ben Self said.

A joint statement from Speaker Osborne and President Stivers refuses to answer why the decision was made.

“David Byerman came here on a two year contract, which we extended one year. It has always been our policy not to publicly discuss personnel decisions. We wish him the best of luck in his future endeavors.” the statement reads.

His last day will be September 30. Until a new director is named the duties of Acting Director will be fulfilled by Chiefs of Staff Becky Harilson and David Floyd.

Michon Lindstrom

Michon is a producer for Pure Politics. Michon comes to Kentucky from Springfield, Illinois where she served as the statehouse reporter for the NBC affiliate. During her time in the Land of Lincoln she covered the state’s two year budget impasse and the largest school funding overall in Illinois history. Pure Politics airs weeknights at 7 and 11:30 on Spectrum News. Follow Michon on Twitter at @MichonLindstrom or reach her by email at michon.lindstrom@charter.com

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  • Cumberland Gap wrote on August 29, 2018 09:03 AM :

    The information from those in the know is the LRC leaders are too “non-partisan” and not enough cheering for the ultra-conservative agenda or bashing any progressive thought. Authoritarians and autocrats don’t care for the lack of kneeling to power, as they demand. Of course, LRC was designed to be non-partisan and assist any and all lawmakers. This is historic change.

  • Not really wrote on August 29, 2018 01:40 PM :

    No. Byerman was incompetent. All about his ego.

  • Heza Putz wrote on August 29, 2018 03:04 PM :

    Well, it’s awfully hard to follow the sterling legacy of Bobby Fat Pension Sherman. Julie, Julie, Julie do ya love me? You don’t? No raise for you.

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