Five constitutional officers take oath in Capitol event

By BETH CRACE State Journal Staff Writer Published:

Frankfort native Crit Luallen, the state's new auditor of public accounts, joined other elected officials Monday in the Capitol Rotunda to be officially sworn into office.

Viewers, who included state legislators, dignitaries, friends and family members, packed the Rotunda to watch the ceremony, which included a swearing in and brief remarks.

Other officers included Attorney General Greg Stumbo, who pledged to fight the state's drug problem, Secretary of State Trey Grayson, Treasurer Jonathan Miller and Commissioner of Agriculture Richie Farmer.

Gov. Ernie Fletcher and Lt. Gov. Steve Pence were sworn in Dec. 9.

"The new state officials come from different beginnings, different parties, and different corners of the state," said Luallen during a brief speech. "But I know we all stand together today united in a commitment to the public good as we share in the humble acceptance of the public's trust."

In November, Fletcher became the first Republican governor in 32 years and Grayson and Farmer also are Republican. Stumbo, Luallen and Miller, meanwhile, are Democrats.

Luallen, who served as the secretary of the Governor's Executive Cabinet for former Gov. Paul Patton, said the new state officers are share a common goal.

"We are a commonwealth of decent and honorable people," said Luallen. "And quite simply what they expect from all of us is to provide them with decent and honorable government."

The officials were introduced by House Speaker Jody Richards, who called Luallen "Miss Rsum," a reference to her extensive background in state government.

In addition to her post as executive secretary, Luallen served as secretary of the Finance and Administration Cabinet, secretary of the state Tourism Cabinet, commissioner of the state Department of the Arts and special assistant to the governor.

She also spent four years in Louisville, serving as president of the Greater Louisville Economic Development Partnership.

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