One of the best-known political figures in eastern Kentucky has announced his plans to retire.
Bob Mitchell, the longtime aide to U.S. Rep. Hal Rogers, said this week his retirement as district director will be effective June 1. The 68-year-old Mitchell has worked alongside Rogers for more than 30 years.
Mitchell has worked closely for the past several years with the Letcher County Planning Commission, a group of local citizens who have been working to bring a federal prison here.
Mitchell said he still will continue to serve as Rogers’s campaign manager and chief fundraiser. Mitchell’s wife, Nancy, also is retiring from her Corbin accounting business.
Rogers praised Mitchell for his work on a litany of projects that have improved the quality of life in mountain communities, including widening highways, building flood-control levees, cleaning up pollution and most recently fighting prescription drug abuse.
— From AP, staff reports