Politics & Government

Bevin taps retired Army colonel for secretary of finance and administration

Governor-elect Matt Bevin has named a retired Army colonel to serve as secretary of the Finance and Administration Cabinet, a key department that oversees much of the day-to-day operations of state government.

Retired Col. William Landrum III owns and runs a restaurant in Greensburg and has more than 36 year of experience in finance, budgeting and management, according to a written release from Bevin’s office.

“Col. Landrum is exceptionally qualified for this role,” Bevin said. “He has decades of direct experience in government finance.”

Landrum said he was grateful for the opportunity to serve.

“I look forward to working with many fine and talented folks in the finance cabinet,” Landrum said.

During his military service, Retired Col. William Landrum III received several commendations, including the Distinguished Service Medal, The Legion of Merit, a Bronze Star Medal, a Meritorious Service Medal and an Army Commendation Medal.

Landrum served in a variety of rules in the Army including two years as Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army and four years as Commander of the U.S. Army Finance Command. As commander of U.S. Army Finance Command, Landrum provided finance and accounting support to the Office of the Secretary of Defense. After he retired from the military, Landrum served as a management consultant for Booz Allen Hamilton Resource Management Consulting Support Team.

Landrum is a graduate of the Virginia Military Institute and the University of Kentucky. He is also a graduate of the U.S. Army War College and the U.S. Army General Command and General Staff college.

During his military service, Landrum received several commendations, including the Distinguished Service Medal, The Legion of Merit, a Bronze Star Medal, a Meritorious Service Medal and an Army Commendation Medal.

Landrum and his wife Justine have two grown children.

Bevin announced the appointment Sunday, just two days before his Tuesday inauguration. The Finance and Administration Cabinet includes several key departments such as revenue — which collects taxes — and the department of facilities and support — which manages state offices and surplus property. Under Gov. Steve Beshear, the cabinet also oversaw efforts to increase broadband across Kentucky.

Beth Musgrave: 859-231-3205, @HLCityhall

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