A top official in state Attorney General Andy Beshear’s office resigned Monday.
Don Pasley, a former state representative who was the head of Beshear’s Office of Initiatives, resigned after The Courier-Journal in Louisville contacted Beshear’s office about Pasley being charged with driving under the influence, the newspaper reported.
Pasley, 54, previously served as rural and municipal aid commissioner in the Transportation Cabinet during the administration of Gov. Steve Beshear, Andy Beshear’s father.
Terry Sebastian, communications director for the attorney general’s office, declined to comment on the situation — other than to confirm that Pasley’s resignation had been accepted — because it is a personnel matter.
The Courier-Journal reported that Pasley pleaded not guilty after being arrested March 31 in Woodford County on a charge of driving under the influence of alcohol - first offense.
Pasley, a Democrat from Winchester, represented Clark and Madison counties in the state legislature from 2001 to 2010. During that time, he listed his occupation as farmer.
It is the second resignation among top staff in the attorney general’s office in recent months.
Tim Longmeyer, whom Andy Beshear named deputy attorney general, has pleaded guilty to federal bribery charges that he solicited more than $200,000 from state business deals while serving under Steve Beshear as head of the Personnel Cabinet. Federal court records say he arranged for illegal campaign donations to Andy Beshear and Jack Conway in 2015.
Federal authorities have said they have no reason to think Beshear or Conway knew of his illegal activity.
Longmeyer resigned March 23, just before the criminal case against him became public.
Beshear said last week that he will would state criminal charges against Longmeyer.