Politics & Government

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet dismisses inspector general David Ray

FRANKFORT — The Transportation Cabinet has dismissed David Ray as its inspector general, cabinet spokesman Chuck Wolfe said Monday.

Wolfe said he could not comment on the reason for the dismissal, and Ray could not be immediately reached for comment. Non-merit employees can be fired without cause.

The job of inspector general is to address allegations of wrongdoing in the cabinet. It responds to about 150 complaints, requests and inquiries each year.

In his nearly eight years in the job, Ray, a former U.S. Secret Service agent, has conducted several well-publicized investigations, including a land swap in Perry County between the Transportation Cabinet and a coal company that wanted to surface-mine coal on state land. He also investigated state highway officials for allegedly filing incorrect time sheets.