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Harmon, Top State Officers Sworn Into Office

Mercer County Native Begins Second Term As State Auditor

Secretary of State Michael G. Adams, Auditor of Public Accounts Mike Harmon, State Treasurer Allison Ball, Commissioner of Agriculture Ryan Quarles and Attorney General Daniel Cameron were sworn into office Monday, Jan. 6. (Photo submitted.)

Robert Moore

Herald Staff

Kentucky’s top constitutional officers—including State Auditor of Public Accounts Mike Harmon, a Mercer County native—were sworn into office at the State Capitol on Monday, Jan. 6.

In addition to Harmon, Secretary of State Michael G. Adams, Attorney General Daniel Cameron, Kentucky State Treasurer Allison Ball and Commissioner of Agriculture Ryan Quarles officially began their terms in office.

Harmon, Ball and Quarles are beginning their second terms, while  Adams and Cameron are beginning their first full terms in office.

In a press release,  Harmon said he looks forward to continuing to bring good government to taxpayers. He said his motto, “Follow the Data,” reflects his goal to operate the auditor’s office independently and objective.

“During the last four years, my office has made historic strides and shed light on issues to improve how tax dollars are spent. A few examples of this include examinations of the Administrative Office of the Courts, the Kentucky Horse Park, the University of Louisville Foundation, KentuckyWired, and transparency compliance concerns with our public pension systems,” Harmon said. “Team Follow the Data has accomplished many things during my first term, but there is more work to be done. I am very appreciative of the people of Kentucky for giving us the opportunity to serve you for another four years.”

Harmon represented Boyle and Casey Counties in the Kentucky House of Representatives from 2003 to 2016. Born at James B. Haggin Memorial Hospital, he lived in Burgin before relocating to Junction City, where he still resides.

Gov. Andy Beshear spoke at the inauguration ceremoney. Gov. Beshear and Lt. Gov. Jacqueline Coleman were sworn into office in December 2019. Coleman, a fifth generation Mercer County native, also serves as secretary of the Education and Workforce Development Cabinet.

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