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State Board of Elections names new executive director, assistant

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Nov. 21, 2017) – The Kentucky State Board of Elections on Tuesday took action to name a new executive director and assistant to the director, Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes announced.

The board, which Grimes chairs, extended offers of employment to Jared Smelser-Dearing of Louisville and Jennifer Scutchfield of Lexington for the posts.

“Jared and Jennifer both bring years of valuable experience in government to the State Board of Elections,” said Grimes. “Jared’s background in technology will be a great asset to the board as Kentucky moves to bring electronic poll books to the commonwealth in the coming year. And Jennifer’s impressive career in the law will be a tremendous strength as the board implements the many federal and state laws relating to the administration of elections.”

Smelser-Dearing is a legislative aide for the Louisville Metro Council. He serves on the board of directors for the Louisville Coalition for the Homeless and Louisville’s Citizens Commission on Police Accountability.

Scutchfield is a city councilmember for the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government, representing the city’s 7th district. She is a former assistant Fayette County Attorney and attorney with Hurt, Crosbie & May, PLLC. She and her husband, Alex, started Scutchfield Law, PLLC, in 2014.

Smelser-Dearing and Scutchfield will begin serving the board on Dec. 1.