Kentucky Heritage Council
Mark Dennen retiring as Kentucky Heritage Council Executive Director and State Historic Preservation Officer, effective August 1
FRANKFORT, Ky. – Kentucky Heritage Council Executive Director and State Historic Preservation Officer (SHPO) Mark Dennen is retiring from the agency effective August 1. Dennen was appointed acting director of the agency in August 2008 and permanent director in April 2009.
"I have found taking leadership of this agency to be fulfilling and highly satisfying, and it is with mixed feelings that I am announcing my retirement," Dennen said. "I feel certain that I leave the Kentucky Heritage Council in a balanced condition and I am proud of the stability and excellent staff that this agency now enjoys."
An agency of the Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet, the Kentucky Heritage Council/State Historic Preservation Office is responsible for the identification, protection and preservation of prehistoric resources and historic buildings, sites and cultural resources throughout the Commonwealth. The agency maintains and continually updates inventories of historic structures and archaeological sites, nominates properties to the National Register of Historic Places, oversees the Kentucky Main Street Program and is responsible for the review of federally funded projects that impact historic resources.
In addition to staff, the Heritage Council consists of 16 members appointed by the governor, who as a board review and recommend grant applications; facilitate citizen input into statewide preservation policies and programs; and encourage, promote and coordinate historic preservation programs of the agency. Chris Black of Paducah is chair.
The Kentucky Heritage Council executive director and SHPO is appointed by the governor. As required by state law, the Heritage Council will recommend three qualified nominees to the governor following a national public notification and interview process. In the interim, the Heritage Council during its quarterly meeting Wednesday approved a motion to appoint Lindy Casebier, deputy secretary of the Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet, as acting agency director and SHPO until a new director is appointed. Cabinet Secretary Marcheta Sparrow and Gov. Steve Beshear have approved this request.
A registered architect, Dennen joined the Heritage Council in 2000 as staff architect and also served as program manager for Site Development, the agency division responsible for Main Street, community education and preservation skills training, rehabilitation tax credits, and technical and design assistance. Prior to joining the agency, he was employed in the private sector. He is a resident of Shelby County.
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An agency of the Kentucky Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet, the Kentucky Heritage Council / State Historic Preservation Office is responsible for the identification, protection and preservation of prehistoric resources and historic buildings, sites and cultural resources throughout the Commonwealth, in partnership with other state and federal agencies, local communities and interested citizens. This mission is integral to making communities more livable and has a far-ranging impact on issues as diverse as economic development, jobs creation, affordable housing, tourism, community revitalization, environmental conservation and quality of life. www.heritage.ky.gov