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Justice Mary C. Noble, Secretary

Justice Mary C. Noble, Ret., received her bachelor’s degree in English and her master’s degree in psychology from Austin Peay State University. She earned her Juris Doctor degree from the University of Kentucky College of Law.
Justice Noble was in private practice for nine years prior to being appointed as the Third Division Domestic Relations Commissioner for Fayette Circuit Court. She was subsequently elected to Fayette Circuit Court where she served until 2006, at which time she was elected to the Kentucky Supreme Court. She retired from the Supreme Court in December 2016.
Justice Noble served two-terms in Fayette Circuit Court, one of the state’s original circuit courts. In her role as Chief Judge, she oversaw the construction of the Robert F. Stephens Courthouses and co-founded the Court of Justice Drug Court Program, which is now a statewide model. 
During her 10-year service on the Kentucky Supreme Court, Justice Noble served as Deputy Chief Justice and was the first woman to preside over an oral argument before the Court.  She also chaired the Family Court and Juvenile Court Rules Committees, which drafted Kentucky’s first procedural rules for both Courts.  She is the recipient of numerous awards for her judicial service. 
On Dec. 10, 2019 Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear appointed Justice Noble as the Secretary of the Justice and Public Safety Cabinet. She is the first woman to serve in that position.

Ronnie Bastin, Deputy Secretary

Ronnie Bastin has been a committed public servant for over 39 years. He began his career with the Kentucky Department of Corrections in 1978, serving two and one-half years as a Correctional Officer and four years as a Classification/Treatment Officer.

In 1984, Bastin was hired by the Lexington Police Department and served in a variety of capacities for the next thirty years, including Chief of Police from 2008-2015. Bastin retired from the Police Department in January 2015 and was appointed to serve as Commissioner of Public Safety in Lexington.

As Commissioner, he was responsible for leadership and executive oversight of the Lexington Police Department, Lexington Fire Department, Division of Community Corrections, Division of Enhanced 911, Division of Emergency Management and Building Security for government facilities.

Ronnie and his wife Sandra live in Lexington and have two adult children.



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