Mike Haydon, Governor Beshear’s chief of staff passed away over the weekend. In a statement, the governor said ‘Jane and I are shocked and devastated by the sudden death of my chief of staff and good friend, Mike Hayden.’ The Lexington Herald reports Hayden suffered a heart attack. The 62 year old Hayden spent more than 30 years in public service at both the state and local level.
He formerly served as chief of staff for House Majority Floor Leader Rocky Adkins, deputy secretary of the Governor’s Executive Cabinet under former Governor Paul Patton, secretary of the Revenue Cabinet and commissioner in the Department of Property Valuation. He also served as mayor of Springfield and Property Valuation Administrator for Washington County.