Politics & Government

Aide to Gov. Bevin leaves state government with no explanation

T.J. Litafik, a well-known figure in Eastern Kentucky politics, no longer has a job in Gov. Matt Bevin’s administration, and nobody is saying why.

Litafik, who was an assistant to former Pike County Judge-Executive Wayne T. Rutherford and a candidate for mayor of Pikeville in 2014, left his $48,500-a-year position on June 7. He had been executive adviser in the state Public Protection Cabinet.

He had been special assistant to the director of state boards and commissions from February to May and was still assisting that agency.

Boards and Commissions, in the governor’s office, helps fill vacancies to various state panels. Bevin has kept it busy with his reorganization of several state boards and commissions.

Litafik, a Republican who now lives in Frankfort, had no comment when asked why he left state government. He said he has “great respect” for Bevin.

Bevin press secretary Amanda Stamper would not say why Litafik is out of the Bevin administration. “We do not comment on personnel matters,” she said.

Jack Brammer: 502-227-1198, @BGPolitics