Labor Secretary Larry Roberts retiring, Jamie Link to succeed the role

The Kentucky State Capitol in Frankfort.
The Kentucky State Capitol in Frankfort.(Source: WAVE 3 News)
Updated: Jun. 8, 2021 at 8:52 AM EDT
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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - The longtime state executive who inherited oversight of Kentucky’s beleaguered unemployment insurance system during the COVID-19 pandemic is stepping down as labor secretary.

Labor Secretary Larry Roberts’ retirement, effective at the end of June, was announced Monday by Gov. Andy Beshear. Roberts’ career in state government stretches back to 1973.

The Democratic governor also said he has selected another veteran state official, Jamie Link, to succeed Roberts. Link will assume the role as labor secretary starting July 1.

Like other states, Kentucky was overwhelmed by record-setting waves of unemployment claims as the pandemic temporarily shuttered or scaled back many businesses.

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