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Coldiron will quit position with state


One of Gov. Steve Beshear’s political appointees has resigned after questions arose about his pay and his business relationship with a lobbyist.

Beshear named Ralph Coldiron in November as executive director of the Office of 911 Coordinator and administrator for the Commercial Mobile Radio Services Board, which is attached to Homeland Security.

The job was advertised with a annual salary range of $60,000 to $80,000, but Beshear immediately raised it to $100,000 after naming Coldiron, who was a friend and business partner of Beshear’s chief of staff, Adam Edelen.

CMRS Board Chairman

David Lucas told the Lexington

Herald-Leader that only the board can set the salary and that the governor’s office didn’t consult with the board.

The newspaper has also reported that lobbyist Bob Babbage, Edelen and Coldiron were partners in a company that recently built and sold a large house on a Bourbon County golf course.

Coldiron, who grew up in Whitesburg, says he resigned Tuesday effective Jan. 30 because his position created a distraction for the administration.

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