Princeton native returns to KyTC leadership role

Mike Hancock

A Caldwell County native is returning to a leadership position in the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet as one of four deputy cabinet secretaries appointed last week by Gov. Andy Beshear. Kentucky's new governor also named a new state police commissioner.

Mike Hancock, a Princeton native, will be deputy secretary for the transportation cabinet, the agency he ran as commissioner under the governor's father, former Gov. Steve Beshear.

Hancock previously had a 40-year career at KyTC, rising through the ranks from University of Kentucky civil engineering scholarship student and summer worker to transportation cabinet secretary from 2010 to 2016. His background is in rural and urban transportation planning and transportation program management, and he held several executive and leadership roles during his previous tenure.

A 1973 graduate of Caldwell County High School, Hancock attended the UK on a civil engineering scholarship and then began his tenure with the transportation cabinet. Three years ago, he was inducted into the Kentucky Transportation Hall of Fame.

"I am very excited to join Gov. Beshear and Secretary Gray in delivering Kentucky's transportation program," Hancock said. "This is an incredible opportunity and I look forward to the challenges we will meet together."

Mary Pat Regan, of Louisville, was named deputy secretary of Education and Workforce Development. Former Lexington Police Chief Ronnie Bastin was made Justice and Public Safety Cabinet deputy secretary, and former teacher and state senator Lindy Casebier, of Louisville, becomes deputy Personnel Cabinet secretary.

Rodney Brewer, of Ballardsville, was appointed to his second term as Kentucky State Police commissioner. Brewer is a 33-year veteran of the agency, and was formerly the commissioner from 2007 to 2016.

Jeff Taylor, of Hopkinsville, was named commissioner for Business Development at the Cabinet for Economic Development.

The Associated Press and Kentucky Today contributed to this story.