Cheyenne, WY- Wyoming Governor-Elect Matt Mead today named his choices for several key positions in the governor’s office. Kari Gray will serve as Chief of Staff, after heading Mead’s Transition Team and managing finances for the Mead campaign. Gray is an attorney who served as Director of the Department of Family Services in the administration of Governor Jim Geringer. Tony Young will be Deputy Chief of Staff, a role he also played for the transition. He will also serve as Agency Coordinator. Young worked with Mead in the Wyoming U.S. Attorney’s Office as head of Wyoming’s Law Enforcement Coordinating Committee, and he was the Assistant Campaign Manager. Gray and Young “have been longtime close advisors and share my work ethic and dedication to serving the people of Wyoming,” said the Governor-Elect.
Carol Statkus is named General Counsel to the Governor, which includes responsibility for policy oversight in the Mead administration. She was Chief of the Civil Division when she worked with the Governor-Elect in the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Mead cites her depth of knowledge in numerous areas as a key to his preparation for serving as governor. Ruth Critchfield, also a former associate at the U.S. Attorney’s Office, will be the new governor’s scheduler.
Governor-Elect Mead said that his next announcements will be some of his choices to head state departments; however, those will not come until he has extensively interviewed not only the current heads of nearly 40 state agencies, but also people who are interested in agency leadership positions. Mead said that he is committed to making choices for state government based solely on what is best for Wyoming citizens, and he wants to be thorough and judicious as he goes forward in the appointment process.
“Wyoming people deserve to have the most dedicated and energetic individuals leading their state government, and I take the task of finding the right people very seriously,” said the Governor-Elect.
Susan Anderson, Interim Press Secretary