Secretary of State
Secretary of State Appoints Mary Sue Helm Director of Administration and Elections

Press Release Date:  Tuesday, January 03, 2012  
Contact Information:  Lindsay Hughes Thurston, Assistant Secretary of State
Office of the Secretary of State
(502) 564-3490

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes announced she has appointed Mary Sue Helm to serve as the office’s Director of Administration and Elections. In her capacity as Director, Helm will manage fiscal and personnel matters, public documents, legal affairs, and special projects and commissions. She will also oversee the divisions responsible for attesting and keeping a register of the official acts of the Governor as well as all candidate filings and certification of the names of candidates to be printed on ballots.
Helm is a 25-year veteran of State government, and she has spent 23 of those years in the Secretary of State’s office. Helm’s history in the Secretary’s office includes serving as the Director of Administration under Secretary Bremer Ehrler and both the Director of Administration and Director of Corporations during Secretary Bob Babbage’s administration. Helm began her tenure as Director of Elections under Secretary Babbage when the position was created in the mid-1990s, and she continued in that capacity under Secretaries John Y. Brown, III, and Trey Grayson. Helm also previously spent four-and-one-half years as the acting Director of the State Board of Elections. Most recently, Helm served as a Special Elections Assistant to the Secretary of State. Originally from Jefferson County, Helm resides in Lawrenceburg.
“I am grateful that Mary Sue is returning to her prior roles as Director of Administration and Elections,” said Secretary Grimes. “Mary Sue has demonstrated excellence at both positions, and her experience will be invaluable to the office.”  The Secretary continued: “Along with Mary Sue, I look forward to working with the many talented, dedicated State employees who work in in the Secretary of State’s office. We have assembled an impressive executive staff to supplement their skills and experience. Together, we will accomplish great things for Kentucky.”