FRANKFORT — Gov. Steve Beshear shuffled two top positions in his administration Friday.
Larry Hayes will be secretary of the state Economic Development Cabinet, a job that pays $250,000 a year, and budget director Mary Lassiter will replace Hayes as Executive Cabinet secretary.
Lassiter will keep her position as budget director and make about $150,000 a year. Hayes has been making about $136,500 a year.
Beshear announced the personnel moves in news releases from his office.
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Hayes has been interim Economic Development Cabinet secretary since last September.
"Larry has been a trusted aide and adviser as my secretary of the Cabinet since I took office nearly two years ago. However, there is nothing more important right now than our efforts to maintain and grow jobs during this trying economy," Beshear said.
The Cabinet for Economic Development is responsible for creating new jobs and investment in the state.
Hayes was one of three finalists forwarded to the governor by the Economic Development Partnership Board earlier in the week. Beshear interviewed the three finalists in person before making the selection.
The two other finalists were Chad Newell, a Nashville developer, and Rhonda Rice, executive vice president of the Knoxville Area Chamber Partnership.
The salaries for Lassiter and Hayes do not reflect the voluntary 10 percent pay cut that Beshear and other senior staff members took last year and continue to take this year.
While serving in the administration of former Gov. Martha Layne Collins in the mid-1980s, Hayes helped lead the efforts to bring Toyota Manufacturing to Georgetown.
The Herald-Leader reported in June that Hayes and Transportation Secretary Joe Prather own 8.5 acres of land just a few lots away from the 1,551-acre industrial site that was being considered for an advanced car battery plant until the Obama administration this week offered no stimulus dollars for the project.
Hayes and Prather acquired the land before taking their posts in the Beshear administration.
Lassiter has been a state employee for more than 25 years, spending the last 10 years in the Office of State Budget Director in various roles, including acting state budget director in 2003.