11:56am

Fri December 9, 2011
State Capitol

Secretary of State-Elect Announces Transition Team

Kentucky Secretary of State-elect Alison Lundergan Grimes announced her transition team on Friday as she prepares to take office in January. The Lexington attorney easily defeated Todd County businessman Bill Johnson by a 21-point margin, keeping the statewide office in the Democratic Party column. Grimes appointed former state Rep. Tim Firkins, D-Louisville, to chair the group, which will be organized into six working teams.

Grimes says the bipartisan group represents all Kentuckians and will help her settle into office without political rancor.

“I’m pleased to have brought together a group of extremely qualified professionals from across our commonwealth. This Transition Team shares my commitment to public service and together brings military, state government and business experience. The Transition Team is made up of Democrats, Republicans, and independents and I’ve asked them to conduct a thorough, non-partisan, candid review of the office,” she says.

The Transition Team is as follow:

Hon. Tim Firkins – Chairman

1. OFFICE ADMINISTRATION

Hon. David Boswell

Sharon Kaye Charles

Dr. Charles Derrickson

2. COMMUNICATIONS

Leah Adkins

Craig Blanton

Tim Wireman

3. LEGISLATIVE INITIATIVES

Rep. Darryl T. Owens

Senator Robert Leeper

Rep. Alecia Webb-Edington

4. BUDGET

Kyna Koch

Gov. Julian Carroll

Hon. Teresa Isaac

5. ELECTIONS & ELECTION FINANCE

Dr. Don Butler

Michael Kem

Willie Payton

Scott White, Esq.

6. BUSINESS & CIVICS EDUCATION

Tom Rutledge, Esq.

Dr. Jack Rose

Col. Mike Weaver