Gov.-elect Bevin names senior advisor and deputy chief of staff for policy

11/25/2015 03:34 PM

Gov.-elect Matt Bevin has named two more members of his inner circle.

In a press release Wednesday, Bevin named Andrew V. McNeill as his senior advisor and Adam M. Meier as his deputy chief of staff for policy.

“We continue to add depth to the bench as we carefully fill key roles in the administration,” Bevin said. “Andrew McNeill has decades of experience in the public and private sector. He will be a key advisor as we make the important decisions to solve problems and improve Kentuckians’ livelihood. Adam Meier has been an invaluable resource in shaping our policy agenda and will add a steady hand to the process in the governor’s office.”

McNeill, 42, joins Bevin’s team from his current position as the executive director for the Kentucky Oil and Gas Association, where has been since December 2012. McNeill formerly served as Gov. Ernie Fletcher’s legislative director as well as chief of staff to Kentucky’s secretary of commerce and the executive director for the Kentucky Office of Energy Policy.

“Andrew is one of the brightest people that ever worked with me in state government. He served as the Chief of Staff in the Commerce Cabinet under me and was responsible for developing policy positions, which became very important as we attempted to move the Cabinet and State Government along,” said former Commerce Secretary Jim Host in the release.

Bevin also tapped 33-year-old Adam Meier, a Northern Kentucky attorney who served as a policy and political advisor for Bevin’s campaign for governor.

Meier is an attorney and has been working as a contracting officer with the Environmental Protection Agency in Cincinnati since 2009, according to his LinkedIn profile.

Meier will have a hand in policy advising, formation, coordination and implementation, according to the release.

The hire of Meier was applauded by U.S. Rep. Thomas Massie, R-Garrison, who represents Kentucky’s 4th Congressional District.

“The 4th district, in particular Northern Kentucky, needs a conservative voice on the Governor’s staff,” Massie said. “I can think of no better voice than Adam Meier. Adam has a great command of policy issues at all levels of Government. This is a great hire for the Commonwealth and for Northern Kentucky,” Massie said.

Bevin’s inauguration will be held Dec. 8.

Nick Storm

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