WKU Public Radio News Staff
Mon May 2, 2005
Women In State Government Declining
Frankfort, Ky – Since Governor Ernie Fletcher has taken office, the number of women in leadership jobs in state government has fallen.
Fletcher would have to replace 40 top male employees with women to match the number of women in leadership jobs in the final year of Paul Patton's term in office. That's according to a report in the Courier-Journal of Louisville.
The newspaper says the number of top government posts held by women shrank when Fletcher took office in 2003. Women hold 36% of top jobs, compared to 42% at the start of Patton's final year.
The newspaper based its analysis on a review of state employment records.
Top positions include cabinet heads, agency commissioners, executive directors, general counsels, other political appointees and their deputies.