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​​​The policies under which the division operates are set by the Kentucky Soil and Water Conservation Commission.  This commission is made up of nine district supervisors from across the state appointed to serve by the secretary of the Energy and Environment Cabinet, with approval from the governor.  The commission members have the responsibility to assist local conservation districts in carrying out their responsibilities.


  • Area 1: Don Overbey (Calloway County)
  • Area 2: Jeff Rice (Daviess County)
  • Area 3: Danny Shipley, Chair (Allen County)
  • Area 4: Bill Harned (Bullitt County)
  • Area 5: Jason Kilmer (Campbell County)
  • Area 6: Keith Tingle (Scott County)
  • Area 7: Aaron Lewis (Bell County)
  • Area 8: Lenville Martin (Floyd County)
  • Area 9: Denise Hoffman (Owsley County)

Commission Advisory Members

  • Secretary of the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet
  • Kentucky Commissioner of Agriculture 
  • Director of the Kentucky Agricultural Experiment Station 
  • Director of Kentucky Vocational Education 
  • Kentucky State Conservationist for U.S. Department of Agriculture  

2024 Commission Meetings

Unless otherwise specified, meetings will be held at 300 Sower Boulevard in Frankfort.  Dates are as follows:

  • January 17 at the State Vet's office (Joint meeting with KACD)
  • February 13 (special meeting at 3:30 pm Eastern)
  • April 15
  • July 15 at the KACD convention
  • September 16
  • November 18

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300 Sower Blvd
Frankfort, KY 40601

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The Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet does not discriminate against any person on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, age, disability or sex. This policy protects the rights of Cabinet employees, service applicants and customers. Vendors, agencies and organizations providing services to the Cabinet or its recipients of federally-aided programs also must comply with this policy.