FRANKFORT — Gov. Steve Beshear has named a longtime state and local government employee as his new chief of staff.
Beshear named Larry Bond, formerly his deputy chief of staff, to the top job on Wednesday. Bond succeeds Mike Haydon, who died suddenly earlier this month. The chief of staff oversees the day-to-day operations of the governor's office and is a key advisor to Beshear.
Bond has been deputy chief of staff since September 2010. Prior to joining Beshear's staff, he served as commissioner and later deputy secretary of the Department of Public Protection.
"We are still grieving the loss of Mike, but we know that Mike would have told us to pick ourselves up and get back to work on behalf of our citizens," Beshear said in a written statement. "Larry has been a close advisor since he joined our office, and he has not only a keen understanding of policy and statewide issues, he also has a deep love for his home state."
A Vietnam War veteran and a Butler County native, Bond also has held several key positions in Jefferson County government, including chief administrative officer.
Beshear said he will name a new deputy chief of staff at a later date.