Women's commission shaken up

By BETH CRACE State Journal Staff Writer Published:

After hearing the Kentucky Commission on Women was losing its director as well as its staff, some women in politics have raised concerns about the future of the agency.

Meanwhile, others say they're encouraged by women appointed to Gov. Ernie Fletcher's administration and feel the work of the commission will continue, despite changes the agency will undergo.

On Tuesday, Betsy Nowland-Curry, executive director of the commission, was asked to resign as of Feb. 15. At that time, Nowland-Curry said she also was told the two remaining staff members would be let go, and the state also was giving up its lease for the commission's headquarters on West Main Street.

"I haven't heard anything else from the governor's office since then," said Nowland-Curry. "There's been no indication of where (the commission is going)."

A part-time director could be hired to administer the agency. Operations could be moved to the Capital Plaza tower, combining the commission with the Education or Commerce cabinets, Nowland-Curry said.

For more on this story, see the latest State Journal.

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