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AG Derek Schmidt announces new senior staff appointments

Release Date: Jan 10, 2019

TOPEKA – (January 10, 2019) – Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt today named new appointments to his senior leadership staff in the attorney general’s office.

C.J. Grover has joined the office as public information officer. Grover will serve as the primary spokesperson for the attorney general’s office. Grover previously held roles in the offices of Congressman Kevin Yoder and Senator Pat Roberts.

Jennifer Montgomery, who previously served as public information officer, will transition to a new role as public affairs director. She will coordinate the educational programs of the office and will continue to serve as director of human trafficking outreach and education.

John Milburn will serve as executive officer, assisting in the operations of the office. He previously served as director of legislative and public affairs at the Kansas Department of Administration and for many years as a reporter for the Associated Press covering the Kansas Statehouse.

Denise Coatney will serve as Schmidt’s executive assistant and scheduler. She previously served as scheduler for Governors Jeff Colyer and Sam Brownback. Denise will succeed Delberta Pfeifer who will retire from state service in the spring.

Karla Werth has joined the office as director of administrative operations, where she will also oversee Schmidt’s constituent services. She previously served as director of constituent services in the governor’s office under Governors Jeff Colyer, Sam Brownback, and Bill Graves.

Other members of Schmidt’s senior staff will continue in their current roles.

“Over the past eight years, we have worked to build a professional, top-notch team to serve Kansans in their attorney general’s office,” Schmidt said. “I am grateful to all those who have served during the past eight years, and I am thankful to the new members of our leadership team for their willingness to serve.”

Schmidt will be sworn in for his third term as attorney general on January 14, when he will become the second-longest serving attorney general in Kansas history.

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