FRANKFORT, Ky. (KT) - Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes named a new second in command Friday, effective August 1.
Erica Galyon, who will serve as assistant Secretary of State and chief of staff, is currently associate general counsel at Farm Credit Mid-America, a multi-billion dollar agriculture lending cooperative based in Louisville. Formerly, she was senior vice president and general counsel at Farmers Capital Bank Corporation and associate attorney at Stites & Harbison, PLLC.
Lindsay Hughes Thurston will assume the role of senior advisor to the Secretary and general counsel. She is the current assistant Secretary of State. Thurston, a former federal prosecutor, has served in the office since the beginning of Grimes' tenure. She is also on the November ballot for district judge in Fayette County.
"Lindsay is a key and trusted advisor,” said Grimes. “She has been at the helm of every major accomplishment we have achieved and I am incredibly grateful for her continued service to the commonwealth.”
“We are excited our team is growing and look forward to welcoming Erica who will be a valuable asset as we remain dedicated to serving the people of Kentucky by growing our economy, giving the green light to small businesses, and breaking down barriers to the ballot box."
Grimes also announced on Friday that Taylor Clark is transitioning to special assistant to the Secretary. This follows the departure of Jacob Ewing, who is joining the Obama Foundation in Chicago. Clark came to the office last year as executive assistant.