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State communications director Kerri Richardson leaving administration

Gov. Beshear names Terry Sebastian as replacement

FRANKFORT, Ky. (June 8, 2015) — Gov. Steve Beshear announced that communications director Kerri Richardson is leaving the administration at the end of this month to accept a public relations position in Louisville. Deputy director Terry Sebastian has been named as the new leader of the governor’s communications team.

Kerri Richardson
Kerri Richardson

Richardson joined the Beshear administration in 2009 and has served as communications director since 2011. She managed day-to-day media interactions and strategic communications for major initiatives such as Medicaid expansion; kyhealthnow, the state’s plan to meet multiple health goals; and Shaping Our Appalachian Region (SOAR). She was named the 2014 National Communicator of the Year by the National Association of Government Communicators for her work on kynect, the state’s nationally recognized health benefit exchange, and Kentucky’s implementation of the Affordable Care Act.

Sebastian, a veteran of state government communications, has been the Deputy Communications Director since 2011. He was Deputy Communications Director for Gov. Paul Patton, Communications Director for former Auditor Crit Luallen and former Treasurer Jonathan Miller, and Communications Director for the Kentucky Justice Cabinet. He also served as media and public relations director for Louisville Collegiate School.