The daughter of Energy and Environment Secretary Charles Snavely landed a $38,000-a-year non-merit job this month in the office of Gov. Matt Bevin.
Kathryn Snavely was hired Aug. 1 as an executive secretary in the Office of the Secretary at the Public Protection Cabinet. She soon transferred to the governor’s office at the Capitol, where she is now an executive assistant with boards and commissions.
Non-merit jobs in state government are political appointments awarded at the governor’s pleasure. Unlike rank-and-file merit jobs, there does not have to be a competitive application process to fill them.
Kathryn Snavely had been jobless since May, although she volunteered this summer as a social media marketing consultant for a church, according to the résumé she posted on the website LinkedIn. In the three years before that, she worked 10 months as an assistant manager at The Peppermint Palm, a women’s clothing store in Lexington, and six more months as a sales associate at Evereve, another women’s clothing store.
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Snavely graduated three years ago from Endicott College in Beverly, Mass., with a bachelor’s degree in marketing communications.
Her father is a longtime coal company executive who joined the Bevin administration in December to run the Energy and Environment Cabinet.
The governor’s office declined to answer questions Friday about Kathryn Snavely’s professional qualifications. She did not return a call seeking comment.
It’s not uncommon for governors to give non-merit jobs to people close to them. For example, previous Gov. Steve Beshear hired Democratic Party donors, veteran party operatives in need of work, relatives of state lawmakers and other elected officials, and — in one instance, at the Office of Homeland Security — the private business partner of his chief of staff, whom he quickly awarded a $20,000 pay raise as well.