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 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 kevin.wheatley@charter.com or 502-792-1135 and follow him on Twitter at @KWheatley_cn2.

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