Kentucky chief veterinarian Mitzi Fisher served notice July 13 of her intent to retire, according to Mark York, executive director of communications and public outreach for the Environmental and Public Protection Cabinet, which oversees the Kentucky Horse Racing Authority.
Fisher's last day with the KHRA was July 13, and her official retirement date is July 31, York said. Fisher plans to use accrued annual compensatory time for the time period of July 14-31, he said.
Fisher has worked for the KHRA, and previously the Kentucky Racing Commission, for about 20 years. York wouldn't comment further on the matter.
On July 11, the KHRA asked the Office of Inspector General to review documents it said indicate equine drug positives weren't pursued in 2002 and 2003 under the former racing commission. York wouldn't comment on whether Fisher's retirement is linked to those developments.
York also said the KHRA would soon announce the hiring of another veterinarian.