Auditor-elect Mike Harmon names deputy auditor, chief of staff, general counsel, and communications director

12/18/2015 03:58 PM

UPDATED: Auditor-elect Mike Harmon is announcing four key posts inside the office of auditor of public accounts including several familiar faces to Frankfort insiders.

In a news release Friday, Harmon named Alice Wilson as Assistant State Auditor; Ginger Wills as Chief of Staff; Sara Beth Gregory as General Counsel; and Michael Goins as Communications Director.

Wilson is a certified public accountant who brings more than two decades of government auditing experience to her new role in the office. Wilson comes to the office from the Transportation Cabinet where she served as executive director of the Office of Audits for the cabinet a position she has held for the last seven and half years, according to a news release.

Wilson also spent 12 years working in the Auditor of Public Accounts office, including six years as Audit Manager, according to the press release.

Ginger Wills is joining the office as Harmon’s chief of staff. Wills is making her way out of the Kentucky Dept. of Agriculture, where she served as the executive director for the Office of Strategic Planning & Administration, and Acting Director of the Division of Personnel and Budget, under Commissioner Comer.

Wills brings more than 16 years of experience in state and local government to the office, including previous positions as the Commissioner for Department of Intergovernmental Programs with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, and the Executive Director for the Renaissance on Main Program with the Governor’s Office for Local Development, according to the release.

As previously reported by Pure Politics, former state Senator and state Rep. Sara Beth Gregory joins the team as general counsel for the Auditor’s office. Gregory worked on the campaign of Republican attorney general candidate Sen. Whitney Westerfield, and currently works as an attorney with Carroll & Turner, P.S.C. in Monticello.

Gregory, a graduate of the University of Kentucky and the UK College of Law, also served as a law clerk for Senior Judge Eugene E. Siler, Jr., with the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.

Rounding out the team is Michael Goins who will serve as Harmon’s communications director. For the past five years Goins has served as the communications director for the Kentucky House Republican Caucus. He also served as Deputy Communications Director for Governor Ernie Fletcher, and held senior communications positions in the Transportation and Education Cabinets.

Harmon will be sworn into office on January 4th as the 47th Kentucky Auditor of Public Accounts.

About Nick Storm

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