Tilley resigns as state justice secretary

John C. Tilley, secretary of the Kentucky Justice and Public Safety Cabinet, announced Monday that he is resigning from the cabinet.

According to a letter Tilley submitted to the cabinet staff, he submitted his resignation Nov. 25.

"In the coming days, (I) will announce may association with a trail-blazing national venture related to criminal justice," Tilley said in the letter.

Tilley was appointed to the justice cabinet by former Gov. Matt Bevin in 2015.

Before being appointed, Tilley had served as 8th House District representative for Christian and Trigg counties.

As justice secretary, Tilley was over more than 7,000 employees and five major departments, including Corrections, Criminal Justice Training, Public Advocacy, Juvenile Justice, and the Kentucky State Police. The office also oversees the State Medical Examiner and the Office of Drug Control Policy.

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