Carol M. Palmore, a veteran administrator for several Democratic governors in Kentucky, died Sunday afternoon at her home in Frankfort. She was 66.
Palmore, the wife of former Kentucky Supreme Court Chief Justice John Palmore, had been dealing with cancer.
“Carol was a remarkable public servant because of her competence and commitment. She also was a wonderful person and a dear friend for so many people,” Lt. Gov. Crit Luallen said.
Palmore, an Owensboro native and an attorney, was state personnel secretary from 1998 until she retired in 2003. She had been the Personnel Cabinet’s deputy secretary before becoming secretary.
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Palmore was secretary of labor from February 1987 to April 1990 and from December 1991 to November 1994. She was deputy secretary of the Labor Cabinet from January 1984 to August 1984 and from February 1986 to February 1987. She also was general counsel for the cabinet in 1982 and 1983.
From October 1990 to November 1991, Palmore was labor liaison for Brereton Jones’ successful campaign for governor. She ran unsuccessfully for secretary of state in May 1995.
Palmore received her law degree from the University of Kentucky in 1977. She had a bachelor’s degree in history and political science from Murray State University.
Palmore was a social worker for the state Department for Human Resources from 1971 to 1974. She also was a hearing officer for the Kentucky Board of Claims from 1980 to 1981.
Palmore was was president of the Frankfort Rotary Club, a board member of Kentucky Women’s Leadership Network and a member of the Alliant Health Systems Adult Operating Board and the Franklin County Democratic Executive Committee.
Funeral arrangements, handled by Harrod Brothers Funeral Home in Frankfort, will be private.