FRANKFORT (AP) — Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear has chosen Department for Local Government Commissioner Tony Wilder to serve as his alternate to the Appalachian Regional Commission.
Wilder will serve as a surrogate for Beshear in ARC-related matters, from grant program management to acting as a liaison for the federal commission’s operations in the region.
Wilder has served as Department for Local Government commissioner since April 2008. Before that, he spent 14 years as Boyle County judge-executive.
Kentucky’s partnership with the ARC spans decades. Most recently, Beshear announced an effort to improve children’s dental health in Appalachia.
The program was made possible by combined funding from ARC and state and federal governments.