University of Louisville graduate succeeds Jaime Link
FRANKFORT, Ky. (Nov. 19, 2014) – Gov. Steve Beshear has named Shannon Tivitt as his new deputy chief of staff.
Tivitt served as former Lt. Gov. Jerry Abramson’s chief of staff until his resignation last week to accept an appointment from President Obama to serve as deputy assistant to the president and director of intergovernmental affairs.
“Shannon has been an indispensable asset to my administration as the Lt. Gov.’s chief of staff, overseeing policy efforts such as kyhealthnow and Close the Deal,” Beshear said. “Her long history of work in city, county and state government operations gives her a valuable and practical understanding of what makes policies work. She is an ideal choice to serve on my senior staff.”
Tivitt succeeds Jamie Link, who resigned to become the executive director of the Kentucky Horse Park.
Prior to joining the Beshear administration, Tivitt served as chief of staff to Mayor Jerry Abramson of Louisville for four years. She also led administrative efforts for the Louisville Development Authority for Louisville Mayor Dave Armstrong and Jefferson County Property Valuation Administrator Denise Harper Angel. She began her career in public service as a legislative coordinator with Louisville’s board of Aldermen.
“I have spent the last 20 years working in various agencies in city, county and state government because I have a deep appreciation for and devotion to public service,” Tivitt said. “I’m very grateful to Gov. Beshear for this opportunity to serve as his deputy chief of staff, and I look forward to helping continue the good work of this administration.”
Tivitt is a native of Breckinridge County and graduated from the University of Louisville. She resides in Louisville. Her appointment is effective immediately.