Governor-elect Mark Gordon announces more appointments ahead of inauguration

WYOMING –As Wyoming Governor-elect Mark Gordon continues to build out his Administration ahead of his official swearing-in on Monday, January 7, he announced two key appointments today.

Governor-elect Gordon hired Rachel Girt as his Communications Director and Erin Johnson as his Health and Human Services Policy Advisor. Girt will serve as the Governor-elect’s spokesperson and be the chief contact for media. Johnson will advise the Governor-elect on key healthcare and human services policy issues.

“Ensuring an open and effective working relationship with Wyoming media and being accessible and transparent are incredibly important to me,” Gordon said. “I am pleased Rachel Girt will be helping me meet these goals, serving as my spokesperson and handling day-to-day media and outreach.”

As for Johnson, the Governor-elect likes her experience and energy.

“Erin Johnson brings decades of experience working on key Wyoming issues and advocating on behalf of mental health patients, those with disabilities and Wyoming youth. Her energy and expertise on key issues will be invaluable moving forward.”

For the last eight years, Girt has owned and operated Girt Communications, LLC, a small public relations consulting business based in Cheyenne. Prior to starting her business, she led communications at the Wyoming Business Council and the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services, as well as serving as press secretary for former Wyoming Gov. Jim Geringer. She has worked as a reporter for two Wyoming newspapers, a freelance writer for the Wyoming Business Report and a legislative reporter for a statewide radio outlet.

Johnson previously served as the Executive Director of Wyoming Association of Mental Health & Substance Abuse Centers (WAMHSAC). Along with advocating for behavioral health issues, she served as the Chapter Director for the Children’s Advocacy Centers of Wyoming and assisted Wyoming Youth Services Association (WYSA).

Johnson served as a Field Director for US Congresswoman Barbara Cubin, working on constituent affairs for southeast Wyoming. She has worked on legislative, statewide and gubernatorial races and remains active in the Wyoming Republican Party.

Gordon will be sworn in January 7. His schedule on that day looks like this:

Prayer Service
January 7, 2019 at 8:30am
St. Mark’s Episcopal Church
1908 Central Avenue, Cheyenne, Wyoming

Swearing in Ceremony
January 7, 2019 at 10:30am
Cheyenne Civic Center
520 West 20th Street, Cheyenne, Wyoming
Event to be livestreamed.

Public Reception
January 7, 2019 at 11:30am
Wyoming State Museum
2103 Central Avenue, Cheyenne, Wyoming

Inauguration Gala
January 7, 2019 at 7:30pm
Little America Hotel and Resort
2800 West Lincolnway, Cheyenne, Wyoming


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