Parson announces first round of senior staff

Governor Mike Parson. (File)

Missouri Governor Mike Parson announced Tuesday his selection for senior staff members.

Marylyn Luetkemeyer will act as Executive Assistant to the Governor. Luetkemeyer served as Parson’s former executive assistant when he was a senator and lieutenant governor.

“Marylyn brings over two decades of experience to this office providing professional support for various legislators," Parson said. "Her professionalism, attention to detail, and political savvy sets the standard."

Robert Knodell will serve as deputy chief of staff. Knodell worked as the Executive Director of the House Republican Campaign Committee, former chief of staff for the Missouri House Speaker Pro Tem, and a budget and policy advisor to the Missouri House budget chairman.

“Robert is trusted and respected by many and brings a wealth of experience to this office,” the governor said.

Justin Alferman will act as legislative director. Alferman, a Hermann resident, represented Osage, Gasconade and Franklin counties in the Missouri House until he resigned to work for Parson. He also was the Vice-Chairman of the House budget committee.

“As a former elected State Representative, Justin understands well the importance of government working to serve and protect the interests of the people of Missouri,” Parson said.

Steele Shippy was named communications director. Shippy served as the Deputy Chief of Staff to Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft, former Executive Assistant to 2016 Republican Presidential Candidate Mike Huckabee, and former Director of Operations for Protect the Harvest.

“Steele is fully equipped to lead our office in providing effective communication, better transparency, and being responsive to the citizens of Missouri,” said Parson.

Kelli Jones will act as press secretary. Jones’ career in communications extends over 25 years according to the release. Jones become a faculty member at State Technical College of Missouri in 2003. She's served seven years as Department Chair of Communication and Social Science.

“We take pride in the fact that a well-qualified individual such as Kelli wants to be a member of our staff, benefiting our office, the State Capitol, and the people of Missouri,” Parson added.

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