HERALD-LEADER FRANKFORT BUREAU
FRANKFORT —Maryellen Buxton Mynear of Lexington is the new inspector general for the state Cabinet for Health and Family Services , Secretary Audrey Tayse Haynes announced Thursday in a release.
The appointment takes effect June 1.
“I am very pleased to welcome Maryellen as the cabinet’s new inspector general,’ Haynes said. ‘The expertise she brings from her work in the attorney general’s office, as well as her service in local government, will be beneficial in her new role at the cabinet.”
“The office of inspector general serves a vital role in protecting the citizens of the Commonwealth and in ensuring the integrity and efficiency of many taxpayer-funded programs,” said Mynear. “I am honored to have been selected to lead this effort.”
The office of inspector general regulates more than 2,200 day care facilities, almost 500 longterm care facilities and 2,550 other health facilities, and operates the Kentucky All-Schedule Prescription Electronic Reporting System, commonly known as KASPER.
Mynear succeeds Mary Reinle Begley, who served as the cabinet’s inspector general until her appointment as commissioner of the Department for Behavioral Health Developmental and Intellectual Disabilities in October 2013.
Mynear holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Kentucky and is a 1991 graduate of the UK College of Law. She comes to the cabinet from the attorney general’s office, where she directed all litigation for the Office of Consumer Protection since December 2004.
Prior to joining the attorney general’s office, Mynear served for four years as assistant general counsel for the Kentucky School Boards Association and spent four years with the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government Department of Law. She began her legal career as an associate for the law partnership formerly known as Frost & Jacobs, now Frost Brown Todd LLC.
Connie Payne, who has served as acting inspector general since Begley’s departure, has been named deputy inspector general. A 24-year veteran of Kentucky state government, Payne has been employed since 1995 by OIG, where she began working as a surveyor. She was appointed the regional program manager of the Lexington office in January 1996 and was named the director of health care for the OIG in February 2011.