Mike Haydon

Governor Steve Beshear says he will appoint a new chief of staff soon, despite still being saddened by the sudden loss of his former chief of staff, Mike Haydon. Haydon died suddenly of a heart attack earlier this month. Haydon worked in government for more than three decades, and had been Beshear's chief of staff since 2010.

Gubernatorial chief of staff Mike Haydon was remembered Wednesday as a dedicated public servant and a genuine character during a memorial service at the Capitol. Haydon died Sunday from a pulmonary embolism at his home in Springfield.

Spokeswoman Kerri Richardson says Mike Haydon passed away Sunday afternoon. The cause of Haydon's death was uncertain but thought to be a massive heart attack.