Politics & Government

Union leader Larry L. Roberts to be new state labor secretary


FRANKFORT — Acting Labor Secretary Mark Brown of Brandenburg is resigning effective May 15 and will be replaced by union official Larry L. Roberts of Frankfort.

Brown is resigning to pursue other opportunities, Gov. Steve Beshear's office said in a release Friday.

Brown is a former state representative and Meade County judge-executive and served as deputy secretary of the Labor Cabinet before assuming the role of acting secretary in December 2010.

"I thank Secretary Brown for his service to the Labor Cabinet, and my administration," Beshear said. "Mark brought a union background and long years of public service experience to this important job. We appreciate his dedication and will miss him; we wish him well."

The job pays $137,865 a year.

Roberts now is director of the Kentucky State Buildings & Construction Trades Council, AFL-CIO. He has worked in various positions in the Labor Cabinet. It was not immediately clear whether he will be stepping aside as director of the trades council.

Roberts also has served as a member of the Governor's Task Force on Unemployment Insurance and as the labor representative on the Kentucky Prevailing Wage Review Board. He is a member of Plumbers & Pipefitters Local 452 and I.U.O.E. Local 181.

"It will be an honor to serve the commonwealth as secretary of the Labor Cabinet, and to work for and protect Kentucky's workers," Roberts said. "I thank the governor for this opportunity."