Treasurer-elect Allison Ball announces chief of staff, general counsel and communications director

12/15/2015 05:07 PM

Incoming GOP Treasurer-elect Allison Ball is announcing three members of her inner circle as she transitions into the office.

Janet Cuthrell has been tapped as Ball’s chief of staff. Cuthrell comes to the Kentucky State Treasury from U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s staff, where she served as a field representative in Kentucky.

“I’ve worked with many elected officials. Treasurer-elect Ball is one of the best,” Cuthrell said in a statement.

Cuthrell is the 4th District Vice Chair of the Republican Party of Kentucky and a founding member of the Louisville Tea Party. With ten years of administrative experience, Cuthrell has a degree in Business Administration from Lynchburg College, according to the release.

“Janet brings political and private sector experience,” Ball said in a statement.

Ball also named Noah Friend as her General Counsel.

The Pikeville attorney owns a private practice specializing in bankruptcy, business reorganization, and appellate and federal litigation. Friend represented hundreds of individuals and small businesses in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court, and the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky, according to the release.

“Treasurer-elect Ball and I have worked to help families and businesses in Eastern Kentucky,” Friend said. “I am blessed to work alongside her to make the State Treasurer’s office a powerful voice to protect the people of Kentucky.”

Rounding out her hires announced on Tuesday is OJ Oleka who will act as communications director in the office.

Oleka previously worked for Republican gubernatorial candidate Hal Heiner’s campaign on communications and campaign operations. Prior to that, Oleka served as Recruitment Manager for Teach For America.

“Our new Treasurer is a rising star with incredible ideas to transform the State Treasurer’s Office,” Oleka said. “I’m excited to share that message.”

Oleka serves on the Jefferson County Republican Party Executive Committee and is a former Louisville Young Republicans Chair, the news release says.

Nick Storm

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