OFFICE OF GOVERNOR MATT MEAD
Cheyenne, WY 82002
Ph. (307) 777-7434
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CHEYENNE, Wyo: Governor Matt Mead announced his plans today for leadership of two major state agencies and also outlined the process for selecting a new Adjutant General, given the impending retirement of Major General Ed Wright. The Governor is appointing Chris Boswell to be Director of the Department of Administration and Information (A & I), effective in March, and reappointing Bob Lampert to his current position as Director of the Department of Corrections.
Boswell will serve as Governor Mead’s Legislative Liaison during the 2011 session of the Legislature and then assume his duties at A & I, subject to Senate confirmation, in March. Rich Cathcart is currently acting as Interim Director of A & I, in addition to his job as an administrator within A & I. Boswell served as Chief of Staff for Governor Dave Freudenthal since 2003.
Governor Mead said that Chris Boswell has extensive experience with state government policy and has shown a gift for taking on a broad range of tasks and getting them done.
“The Director of A & I is responsible for everything from turning on the lights in state government to overseeing buildings, human resources and IT. Chris is a person who can manage the intricacies of state government. I will rely on him to help further my goal of making government responsive to citizens,” said Governor Mead.
Boswell said that his experience as a “jack of all trades”, as a governor’s chief of staff, is good preparation for the job.
“As chief of staff, you touch many things and rely on good people for the depth of knowledge necessary to implement objectives,” he said.
In reappointing Bob Lampert to head the Department of Corrections, Governor Mead said, “Wyoming has been fortunate to have such an outstanding leader in this important position.” The Governor said that Lampert has faced enormous challenges in his years as director, like staffing the existing prison in Rawlins in an economic boom when there was a worker shortage, building and staffing a new prison in Torrington, and setting a professional tone for prison management.
“With Director Lampert’s leadership, he and his department now enjoy the confidence of the Legislature and the public,” said the governor.
Governor Mead also announced on Jan. 6 that he has established a process to choose Wyoming’s next Adjutant General. Appointment to the position must meet specific requirements for eligibility. A recommendation committee has been chosen, representing a wide range of citizens, including veterans, legislators and representatives of service branches. The committee has been asked to assess the qualified applicants and provide the committee’s assessment to the governor, who will select the Wyoming Adjutant General.
Kari Gray, Chief of Staff for Governor Matt Mead