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Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, Auditor Mike Harmon announce changes to high-level staff

By Tom Latek
Kentucky Today

Two state constitutional officers announced changes to their high-level staffs on Thursday.

State Auditor Mike Harmon introduced Andrew English as his new General Counsel. English will also serve as the executive director for the Office of Technology and Special Audits, overseeing the division responsible for recent special examinations like the Administrative Office of the Courts.

Two high-level changes were announced Thursday by the auditor’s office and the secretary of state’s office. (Photo by Tom Latek, Kentucky Today)

English is a 2010 graduate of the Marshall-Wythe Law School, and the Thomas Jefferson School of Public Policy from the College of William and Mary.  He previously served three years as General Counsel for the Kentucky Justice and Public Safety Cabinet, and nearly six years in the U.S. Navy Judge Advocate General’s Corps, both as a supervisory prosecutor, and supervisor defense counsel among several positions.

“Andrew brings a tremendous background in the legal field, and the leadership experience essential to serving in these key roles for our office,” Harmon said.  “Our special audits division is an area of great importance that works to bring greater accountability and transparency to areas of state and local government, and we are pleased to have Andrew managing this vital area.”

English replaces Chris Hunt, who returned to private law practice.  Hunt had served as General Counsel since 2017, and executive director for the Office of Technology and Special Audits since 2018.

Secretary of State office hiring

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes announced Wednesday that Sandra Milburn, Training Officer at the State Board of Elections, will join the Secretary of State’s Election Office as Deputy Chief Election Administrator, effective July 1.

Milburn holds 29 years of experience as a legal assistant and 15 years of experience as the State Board of Elections’ Assistant Director and Training Officer.

She will work alongside Director of Elections Mary Sue Helm, who has more than 30 years of election experience in the Kentucky Secretary of State’s Office and State Board of Elections combined. 

”As we prepare for the 2020 presidential election, my top priority is to ensure this office maintains the necessary experience to administer elections and is ready to assist the incoming Secretary of State,” said Grimes, the commonwealth’s chief election official. “Ms. Milburn needs no training wheels. She has decades of hands-on election experience and will be an asset to the Office of the Secretary of State.”

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