Gov. Steve Beshear has appointed Michael Dossett as the next director of Kentucky Emergency Management.
Dossett takes over after former director John Heltzel resigned last summer following a scathing audit that found the agency wasted taxpayer money and intimidated employees.
Dossett is a former assistant police chief for the Louisville Metro Police Department and a former deputy commissioner for the Department of Juvenile Justice. He was a regional response manager with Kentucky Emergency Management when he retired in 2013.
A state agency responsible for Kentucky's response to weather disasters and other emergencies was slammed Tuesday by a team of auditors who found misuse of taxpayer money, intimidation of employees and an overtly hostile workplace.
Auditor Adam Edelen said Tuesday that Kentucky Emergency Management may have misspent millions in recent years, some of it on alcohol, entertainment and door prizes at conferences.
Edelen also said the team that conducted the review found documents had been altered to hide inappropriate expenditures. He said his team identified as much as $5.6 million in questionable spending.
"The report paints a picture of agency leadership that does not believe the rules apply to it," Edelen said in a statement. "The findings raise concerns about waste and abuse that may have gone undetected and jeopardize federal funding meant to prepare the commonwealth for emergencies."