HERALD-LEADER FRANKFORT BUREAU
FRANKFORT — Gov. Steve Beshear’s communications director, Kerri Richardson, is leaving the administration at month’s end to become vice president of C2 Strategic Communications, a public relations firm, in Louisville.
Beshear named deputy communications director, Terry Sebastian, to replace her.
“Kerri’s work to keep Kentuckians informed and engaged about job creation, education and health has been a valuable asset to this administration. I wish her every success as she returns home to Louisville, where she will be closer to her husband and one-year-old daughter,” said Beshear.
“Terry is a capable and energetic leader with an extensive background in state government, and he will be a great fit in this position.”
Richardson joined the Beshear administration in 2009 and has served as communications director since 2011. She managed both 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.
“Working for Gov. Beshear and First Lady Jane Beshear has been both the biggest honor and biggest challenge of my career,” said Richardson. “They love Kentucky and they work every day to make our state stronger, healthier, and more capable. Over and over, the Governor has proven himself as a strategic, thoughtful and compassionate leader, and it has been a privilege to witness that work and to share it with my fellow Kentuckians over the past six years.”
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.
“The Governor, First Lady and lieutenant governor have so much more to do the last six months of this administration. I know the overnor wants to finish as strong as he started, and I’m honored to continue to work alongside him and his team,” said Sebastian.
Richardson’s final day in the Capitol office will be June 26.