Bevin Names State Budget Director and Labor Cabinet Secretary

Governor- Elect Bevin names John Chilton as State Budget Director and Derrick Ramsey as Labor Cabinet Secretary.  This is the new Governor's first Cabinet announcement. 

John Chilton has more than 40 years of experience as a CPA serving large and small private businesses. He is Co-Founder of Mountjoy Chilton Medley LLP (MCM), a regional accounting firm with nearly 300 professionals in Louisville, Lexington, Cincinnati & Jeffersonville. His focus has been on domestic and international income and other taxes, and also on business valuation, business acquisition, disposition and reorganization. He has served as an advisor and expert witness in client legal matters.

Chilton graduated with a B.S. in Accounting with focus in Management Science from the University of Tennessee. His credentials include Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Accredited in Business Valuation (ABV), and Certified Valuation Analyst (CVA). He has served a number of professional and community organizations including American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), Kentucky Society of Certified Public Accountants (KyCPA), Leadership Kentucky, and Board of Prodigal Ministries, Inc.

Chilton, 66, resides in Louisville with his spouse Jane.  They have a son in the Los Angeles area.

Derrick Ramsey, 58, is a former Deputy Secretary of the Commerce Cabinet under former Republican Gov. Ernie Fletcher.  His experiences have ranged from winning Super Bowls, to running collegiate athletic departments, to serving in Kentucky state government. He returns to the public sector after seven years leading the Coppin State University athletic department.

In 2004, while at the Commerce Cabinet, Ramsey oversaw the budget and helped manage the human resources of the cabinet. Prior to that, he served as Athletic Director at Kentucky State University from 1999-2003 where he helped develop the Student Athlete Excellence in Academics Program.

In the mid-1990s, Ramsey was the Community Relations Officer at the University of Kentucky where he later became Director of Development and Community Relations with the responsibility for coordinating fundraising strategies for the Lexington campus as well as strategic planning to ensure endowed professorships and chairs.

A native of Hastings, Fla., Ramsey made history at the University of Kentucky becoming the first African-American quarterback in school history. He went on to the NFL where he helped the Raiders prevail over the Philadelphia Eagles in the Super Bowl.

Ramsey, earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree in General Studies with an emphasis on Communications from Kentucky and received his Master’s Degree in Sports Administration from Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond, Kentucky. He is a member of the Black Coaches Association as well as the National Football League Player’s Association. A member of the University of Kentucky Hall of Fame and All-Time Football team, Ramsey had his Kentucky jersey retired in 1992.