Assistant Secretary of State & General Counsel, Jennifer Scutchfield
Adams appointed Jennifer Scutchfield as Assistant Secretary of State, the Office’s second-highest position and General Counsel for the office. “Kentucky law provides that the Assistant Secretary of State perform the Office’s functions ‘in the absence or disability of the Secretary of State,’ Adams said. “In Jenni I chose the Kentuckian best-qualified to serve in this position upon my absence or disability. She will be a valuable partner in executing the duties of this Office – in particular, overseeing our elections.”
Scutchfield, of Fayette County, most recently served as Assistant Director and General Counsel for the Kentucky State Board of Elections. She previously was the 7th District Council Member in Lexington and was in private law practice. Scutchfield has worked for non-profits and educational institutions, and has served as an Assistant County Attorney.
Director of Administration and Elections, Heather Quinn
“I’ve known Heather Quinn for 16 years, and in that time she’s quickly mastered each job she has had,” said Secretary Adams. “Heather’s administrative experience, particularly in state government, her knowledge of the election process, and her relationships with our county clerks make her the obvious choice for this position.”
Quinn, of Jessamine County, served on leadership staff both in the office of the Senate President, and Senate Republican Leadership. She was the office manager for Governor Ernie Fletcher. She’s leaving her position of Deputy Clerk in the Election Department in the office of the Jessamine County Clerk. Quinn was Clerk of the Jessamine County Fiscal Court, as well.
Director of Business & Deputy General Counsel, Michael Rollin Wilson
“Michael Wilson brings sophisticated, high-level state government legal experience to this critical role, as well as significant knowledge of the business-law matters this position handles,” said Secretary Adams.
Wilson is a practicing attorney from Jefferson County with thirteen years of experience in commercial litigation, bankruptcy, and insurance law. Wilson has successfully argued cases before the Kentucky Supreme Court, the Kentucky Court of Appeals, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. Most recently, Wilson served as General Counsel for the Kentucky Department of Insurance.
By law, this office is “responsible for all functions of the department relating to business filings, including business entity filings and filings under the Uniform Commercial Code,” as well as promulgation of necessary regulations.
Director of Communications, Miranda Combs
“Miranda knows the people and the issues in this state. She also knows the journalists. Most important, she’s a truth-teller. I’m excited for the credibility and creativity she brings to this role,” remarked Secretary Adams.
Combs is a familiar face to Central and Eastern Kentucky, most recently working for WKYT-TV as the market’s only investigative reporter. She brings almost two decades of media experience to the Secretary of State’s Office. Combs’ investigations have stretched across the state, winning a regional Emmy award and Edward R. Murrow award in 2018. She was named reporter of the year by the Kentucky Associated Press in 2016. Combs also worked for a boutique public relations firm in Lexington for four years.
Senior Advisor, David Harris
“Naming David Harris as my closest advisor was a given, after he has served me so ably for two years,” Secretary Adams explained.
Harris, who managed Adams’ campaign and directed Adams’ transition team, has more than a dozen years of public affairs experience. Harris grew up in Oldham County and has backgrounds in the fields of lobbying, non-profit, state government, and campaigns at the local, state, and federal levels. Harris also serves on the board of Dreams with Wings in Louisville.
Deputy Director of Communications and Special Assistant, Haley Bradburn
Haley Bradburn is a young professional, having previously served in various roles within state government. Bradburn grew up in Barren County, but moved to Frankfort when she was first offered a job with the Kentucky Department of Insurance as executive assistant to the commissioner. She then went on to manage the Kentucky Board of Home Inspectors and assist the Kentucky Real Estate Commission before taking a position with the Kentucky Labor Cabinet where she worked most recently before joining the Adams Team.
Executive Advisor/External Relations, Edward West
Edward West is a lifelong resident of McLean County in Western Kentucky.
West has over twenty-five years of public service experience, most recently having served as McLean County Judge Executive. West was a Field Representative for U.S. Congressman Ed Whitfield for sixteen years, and worked for five years with the Green River Area Development District. Prior to that West worked in law enforcement as a police officer, in corrections, and personal security.