Governor Steve Beshear's Communications Office
Gov. Beshear Names Shannon Tivitt as New Deputy Chief of Staff

Press Release Date:  Wednesday, November 19, 2014  
Contact Information:  Kerri Richardson
Terry Sebastian

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Governor Steve Beshear today named Shannon Tivitt as his new deputy chief of staff.

Tivitt served as former Lieutenant Governor Jerry Abramson’s chief of staff until his resignation last week to accept an appointment from President Obama to serve as deputy assistant to the President and director of intergovernmental affairs.

“Shannon has been an indispensable asset to my administration as the Lieutenant Governor’s chief of staff, overseeing policy efforts such as kyhealthnow and Close the Deal,” said Gov. Beshear. “Her long history of work in city, county and state government operations gives her a valuable and practical understanding of what makes policies work. She is an ideal choice to serve on my senior staff.”

Tivitt succeeds Jamie Link, who resigned to become the executive director of the Kentucky Horse Park.

Prior to joining the Beshear administration, Tivitt served as chief of staff to Mayor Jerry Abramson of Louisville for four years. She also led administrative efforts for the Louisville Development Authority for Louisville Mayor Dave Armstrong and Jefferson County Property Valuation Administrator Denise Harper Angel. She began her career in public service as a legislative coordinator with the City of Louisville’s Board of Aldermen.

“I have spent the last 20 years working in various agencies in city, county and state government because I have a deep appreciation for and devotion to public service,” said Tivitt. “I’m very grateful to Gov. Beshear for this opportunity to serve as his deputy chief of staff, and I look forward to helping continue the good work of this administration.”

Tivitt is a native of Breckinridge County and graduated from the University of Louisville. She resides in Louisville. Her appointment is effective immediately.