Legislative Ethics Commission appoints general counsel as new director

06/15/2015 06:20 PM

The Legislative Ethics Commission has named current general counsel John Schaaf its new executive director effective Aug. 1, the agency announced Monday in a news release.

Schaaf has worked as the ethics commission’s legal counsel since 2004, a roughly 11-year career that followed 16 years as general counsel of the Legislative Research Commission. He helped craft legislation in 1992 that paved the way for Kentucky’s ethics reform, according to the news release.

Schaaf was one of four finalists for the position.

Executive Director Anthony Wilhoit announced his retirement from the commission in March, and the Council on Governmental Ethics Laws helped the agency in its search for a new director, according to the release.

Wilhoit, a former chief judge of the Kentucky Court of Appeals, has served in his role since 1997, winning COGEL’s highest award in 2012 for his work in governmental ethics.

“Judge Wilhoit has compiled an amazing career of important public service,” Commission Chairman George Troutman said in a statement.

“He’s helped the Commission steer a steady course, and has helped the General Assembly compile an excellent record of compliance with ethics laws, and avoid the type of ethics problems which often occur in other states.”

Kevin Wheatley

Kevin Wheatley is a Video Journalist for Spectrum News and covers Kentucky politics and all the goings-on at the State Capitol. Kevin was born and raised in Frankfort so he grew up around politics and has always had the drive to follow the political process and hold lawmakers accountable. Before joining Spectrum News Kevin covered government and politics for The State Journal in Frankfort. You can watch Kevin’s work weeknights at 7:00 and 11:30 on Pure Politics, available exclusively on Spectrum News, HD Channels 403 and 715. You can reach him at kevin.wheatley@charter.com or 502-792-1135.

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