Kentucky Commissioner of Natural Resources

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Kentucky Commissioner of Natural Resources
General information
Office Type:  Nonpartisan
Office website:  Official Link
2013 FY Budget:  $987,800
Term limits:  None
Structure
Length of term:   Serves at the pleasure of the Kentucky Energy and Environmental Secretary
Authority:  Kentucky Revised Statutes 351.020
Selection Method:  Appointed by the Energy and Environment Cabinet
Current Officeholder
Name:  Steve Hohmann
Assumed office:  January 16, 2012
Compensation:  $100,218
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The Kentucky Commissioner of Natural Resources is an appointed state executive position in the Kentucky state government. The commissioner serves as head of the Department of Natural Resources and administers all Commonwealth laws related to mines.[1]

Current officeholder

Steve Hohmann was appointed on January 12, 2012.[2][3] Carl Campbell served in the position from May 2008 until November 2011 when he was unexpectedly fired without reason. Deputy commissioner Larry Arnett took over the position on a temporary basis until Hohmann was appointed.

Authority

The Department for Natural Resources is established in the Kentucky Revised Statutes.

Kentucky Revised Statutes 351.020:

(1) The department for natural resources shall be headed by the Commissioner of the department for natural resources. (2) The department shall administer all laws of the Commonwealth relating to mines.

Qualifications

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Appointments

The Commissioner is appointed by the Energy and Environment Cabinet.[3]

Vacancies

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Duties

The Kentucky revised statutes list the following 14 duties of the commissioner:[4]

  • Have full authority over the department, superintend and direct activities of mine inspectors and other personnel
  • Appoint an executive director to the office of Mine Safety and Licensing
  • Divide the coal fields of the state in as many inspection district as necessary and assign inspectors to respective districts
  • Temporarily employ the services of traditional mine inspectors or change inspectors from one district to another
  • Direct the inspections of mines and the quality of air in mines
  • Collect statistics relating to coal mining in the state and provide an annual report
  • See that maps, plans, projections, and proposed developments of all underground coal mines are made and filed
  • Keep a properly indexed, permanent record of all inspections made by the department
  • Exercise general supervision over training of officials and workmen in safety and first aid and mine rescue methods
  • Exercise general supervision over dissemination of information among officials and employees concerning mines; assume full charge in the event of mine fire or explosion or other serious accident
  • Assist in the resumption of operations of any mine or gather data for the development of any coal seams that would be of any benefit to the state or create new employment
  • Prescribe reasonable safety standards governing the use of explosives, electrical and mechanical equipment in open pit or surface mines
  • Ascertain the cause or causes of any coal mining fatality and any accidents involving serious physical injury and report on findings within 60 days
  • Assess civil monetary penalties against licensed facilities for violations of laws pertaining to roof control plans, mine seal construction plans, unsafe working conditions, and mine ventilation plans that could lead to imminent danger or serious physical injury
Click here to view larger-scale image of the Kentucky Department of Natural Resources Organizational Chart as of December 2010.

Divisions

See Energy policy in Kentucky for information on the state's energy portfolio and goals.

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State budget

The Commissioner of Natural Resources's budget for fiscal year 2013 was $987,800. The total budget for the Department of Natural Resources was $111,039,200.[5]

Compensation

See also: Compensation of state executive officers

2013

In 2013, the commissioner received a salary of $100,218. This figure comes from the Council of State Governments.[6]

2012

In 2012, the commissioner was paid an estimated $95,445 according to the Council of State Governments.

Historical officeholders

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Contact information

Kentucky Department for Natural Resources
2 Hudson Hollow
Frankfort, KY 40601
Phone: 502-564-6940
Fax: 502-564-5698
E-mail: Linda.Potter@ky.gov

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