FRANKFORT – Gov. Steve Beshear Friday announced that Larry L. Roberts, of Frankfort, will become secretary of the Labor Cabinet effective May 16 with the resignation of acting Secretary Mark S. Brown. Brown, of Brandenburg, is resigning effective May 15 to pursue other opportunities. He is a former state representative and Meade County judge-executive and served as deputy secretary of the Labor Cabinet prior to 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 in a statement. “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.”
“I’m proud of the hard work and dedication of Cabinet employees, for their efforts to protect the hard-working people of Kentucky. I have enjoyed my time here in the Labor Cabinet,” Brown said in a state news release. “I appreciate Gov. Beshear’s leadership and support of our Cabinet, and wish incoming secretary Roberts the best of luck in his new position.”
Roberts currently serves as director of the Kentucky State Building & Construction Trades Council, AFL-CIO, and also has a long record of service with the Kentucky Labor Cabinet. In the cabinet, Roberts served in various positions, including as director of the Division of Employment Standards, Apprenticeship and Training.
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 in a news release. “I thank the governor for this opportunity.”