Bevin appoints Derrick Ramsey to head state Labor Cabinet

Former University of Kentucky and pro football player Derrick K. Ramsey is Gov.-elect Matt Bevin’s choice to head the state Labor Cabinet.

Ramsey, who was deputy commerce secretary in Gov. Ernie Fletcher’s administration, is Bevin’s first announced secretary of a cabinet. Bevin takes office Dec. 8.

Bevin said in a release that Ramsey, 58, brings decades of leadership experience from posts in the public and academic sectors.

“He has been successful in many arenas – both on and off the field. His passion for excellence and his superior management skills will be critical to his success in this new role. He will be a staunch advocate for Kentucky’s workers and an integral member of our team,” Bevin said.

Ramsey said he is honored with the appointment and is “excited to return to public service and help the Commonwealth of Kentucky become the greatest place to work and live.”

The labor secretary has authority over all matters related to labor in the state, including wages and hours, occupational safety, health of employees, child labor, apprenticeships and workers’ compensation.

Ramsey returns to the public sector after seven years leading the Coppin State University athletic department in Baltimore, Md.

Ramsey was athletic director at Kentucky State University from 1999-2003.

The Bevin administration has not yet released the salaries of any of its appointments. The salary for state labor secretary last year was $137,865.

Jack Brammer: (502) 227-1198, @BGPolitics