FRANKFORT — Nikki Jackson is leaving as secretary of the state Personnel Cabinet and will be replaced by Tim Longmeyer, who has been deputy secretary of the cabinet since January 2008.
Gov. Steve Beshear announced Wednesday that Jackson is resigning, effective, Jan. 7, 2011, to become vice chancellor for human resources with Maricopa Community College in Tempe, Ariz.
“As secretary of Personnel, Nikki has been instrumental in spearheading the strategic transformation of human resources management within state government,” Beshear said in a statement.
“Under her leadership, the cabinet has increased efficiencies, improved work practices and promoted innovation. I appreciate her exceptional work over the last three years and wish her all the best in her new position.”
Jackson, a graduate of Hampton University in Hampton, Va., and the University of Miami School of Law, will start her new job on Feb. 1.
Longmeyer will become personnel secretary on Jan. 8. He previously worked for the Jefferson County Attorney’s Office as a legislative liason, division chief for the family court prosecutors and an assistant Jefferson County Attorney.
He is a graduate of the University of Kentucky and the University of Louisville’s School of Law and lives in Louisville.
“Tim has been a valuable member of the Personnel Cabinet’s leadership over the last three years and I am certain that he will continue that good service as secretary of the Cabinet,” Beshear said.