Franklin County

Coal group hires former state environmental chief

The Kentucky Coal Association announced a new general counsel Tuesday: Lloyd Cress, who was the state's commissioner of environmental protection under former Gov. Ernie Fletcher.

"I look forward to assisting Kentucky's coal industry meet the increasing challenges that it confronts in providing the energy, jobs and tax revenue that benefit Kentucky so greatly," Cress said in a prepared statement.

Cress is married to U.S. District Judge Karen Caldwell.

Cress' hiring is part of a management makeover at the coal association. Last month, the group hired Bill Bissett, chief of staff and senior vice president at Marshall University in West Virginia, as its president.

Bill Caylor, the group's previous president and chief spokesman, recently resigned after 23 years of service after his arrest and guilty plea to violating an emergency protective order that his wife had obtained against him in Fayette District Court.