FRANKFORT, KY – The late Charles B. Wells, a longtime public servant and 1983 alumnus of Georgetown College, was remembered at a special dedication ceremony hosted by his friends at the Kentucky Personnel Cabinet on July 30, 2013.
An engraved stone bench, acquired with private funds donated by Personnel Cabinet employees, was placed in Wells’ honor at the Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History’s Cralle-Day Garden. Family and friends from each phase of his career were in attendance to see the bench unveiled, which reads – In memory of Charles B. Wells, a dedicated advocate and friend of all Kentuckians.
“Charles was an influential leader and advocate for public employees, offering his unwavering support to those who sought his counsel,” said Governor Steve Beshear. “He devoted his career to his community and was a friend to all who desired a better Commonwealth.”
“The bench symbolizes the permanent mark Charles had on so many, and serves as a lasting impression of his valiant legacy,” said his friend and Personnel Cabinet Secretary, Tim Longmeyer.
Wells was the director of the Kentucky Association of State Employees and the American Federation of Teachers. In 2008, he was recognized for his commitment to Kentucky’s public workers when Governor Beshear appointed him to the Personnel Cabinet as a special assistant. In this capacity, he was responsible for acting as a liaison between the state and the labor groups representing state employees.
Wells, 52, passed away on Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2012 in Georgetown, Ky. He was a native of Paintsville, Ky. and a graduate of Johnson Central High School and Georgetown College.
– Kentucky Personnel Cabinet, Crystal Staley