Governor appoints unindicted co-conspirator in Merit System scandal to UK Board. He may run for Attorney General.

The Lexington Herald-Leader reports that Erwin Roberts of Ft. Thomas, a potential candidate for Attorney General,  was been appointed to the UK Board of Trustees:

FRANKFORT, Ky. -  Gov. Ernie Fletcher appointed to the University of Kentucky board a man whom prosecutors are calling an unindicted

co-conspirator in the state employee hiring investigation.

Former Personnel Secretary Erwin Roberts of Louisville was named yesterday along with Sandy Patterson of Fort Thomas.

The appointments came four days after prosecutors accused Roberts, 34, and 11 others of conspiring with Fletcher to violate state personnel laws. Fletcher, a Republican, has been indicted on three misdemeanor charges.

None of those named last week as co-conspirators have been indicted. Fletcher supporters called the court filing that named the 12 a smear list and speculated that Democratic state Attorney General Greg Stumbo was threatened by Roberts, who may run for Stumbo’s job.

Being named an unindicted co-conspirator would not affect his work with the other trustees, Roberts said yesterday.

“I don’t think that’s going to affect my ability to do anything,” said Roberts, now an attorney at Frost Brown Todd.

Roberts left the Personnel Cabinet in June.

Yesterday, he did not rule out a run for attorney general. “It’s still a little bit early to make decisions like that,” he said.

Before leading the Personnel Cabinet, Roberts was director of the state Office of Homeland Security. He has also worked as a federal prosecutor and an assistant commonwealth’s attorney in Fayette County. He is a member of the Army Reserves.

By Sarah Vos

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