Friday, January 12, 2001

New post for aide to Mrs. Henry

Woman named deputy chief of staff for lt. gov.

The Associated Press

        FRANKFORT — The woman hired as the state government executive assistant to Heather French Henry, the wife of Lt. Gov. Steve Henry, has been given the new title of deputy chief of staff in Mr. Henry's office.

        Libbi Taylor assumed the new job on Jan. 1. Mr. Henry's staff consists of six people, two of them part time, and includes Ms. Taylor and Chief of Staff Bill Riggs.

        Henry spokeswoman Ann Elizabeth Delahanty said Ms. Taylor has no written job description or duties. Ms. Delahanty said Ms. Taylor will also act as Mr. Henry's education liaison, a newly created position.

        Ms. Taylor's duties will include overseeing the schedule for Mr. Henry, assigning other staff members to their tasks, representing the lieutenant governor at meetings, assisting Mr. Riggs and other duties assigned by Mr. Riggs or Mr. Henry, Ms. Delahanty said.

        As education liaison, Ms. Taylor will work with the Kentucky Education Association, the teachers' union lobby; retired teachers and others on legislative and education initiatives. Ms. Delahanty said she knew of no specific initiatives at this time.

        Ms. Taylor was a middle school teacher in Lexington before she was hired on Sept. 1 as executive assistant to then-Miss America Heather Renee French, who is also a former Miss Kentucky. The Henrys married on Oct. 27, a week after Mrs. Henry ended her 13 months as Miss America.

        Ms. Taylor has also kept her position as executive director of the Miss Kentucky pageant.

        After Ms. Taylor's initial hiring was publicized, Mr. Henry said Ms. Taylor was actually doing most of her work on his behalf and only spent about 20 percent of her time working for Mrs. Henry.

        Ms. Delahanty said Ms. Taylor's previous position as executive assistant on the staff of the lieutenant governor's mansion will be filled.


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