FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) -- The head of the Kentucky Department of Military Affairs is defending the former head of Kentucky's Emergency Management Agency.
Kentucky Adjutant General, Maj. Gen. Edward W. Tonini, told the Lexington Herald Leader that former emergency management director John W. Heltzel is "an honorable person."
The comment came in the wake of a scathing state audit that found the agency wasted taxpayer money, intimidated employees and created a hostile work environment.
Heltzel resigned from the agency on Aug. 8, two days after the audit was released.
Tonini described Heltzel as a trusted friend and said he believes Heltzel tried to make the agency run more effectively.
As head of military affairs, Tonini oversees the state's emergency management.
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