FRANKFORT, KY (AP) -- Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Secretary Joseph U. Meyer is retiring after more than 30 years in state government.
Gov. Steve Beshear announced Meyer's retirement on Wednesday and said it would be effective June 30.
Meyer was previously deputy secretary and was a senior policy adviser to Beshear and to Crit Luallen when she was state auditor.
He was chairman of the Senate Education Committee during early implementation of the Kentucky Education Reform Act, serving in the Senate from 1989 to 1996. He was a state representative from 1982 to 1988.
Meyer said in a statement issued by Beshear, he plans to return to his home in Covington, spend time with his family, and continue as an international election monitor for the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe.