Secretary of State
Secretary of State Announces Executive Staff Appointments
Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes officially took the oath of office on January 2, 2012, as the 76th Secretary of State of the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Today, Secretary Grimes announces her executive staff. Grimes appointed Lexington native Lindsay Hughes Thurston to serve as Assistant Secretary of State. As Assistant Secretary of State, Thurston is the office’s chief operating officer. She will represent the Secretary in all official capacities and act on Secretary Grimes’ behalf at her direction or in her absence. Thurston also will manage the office and provide policy analysis for the Secretary.
Previously, Thurston served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Eastern District of Kentucky, where she prosecuted, among other things, child exploitation offenses under the United States Department of Justice’s initiative Project Safe Childhood. Prior to joining the United States Attorney’s office, Thurston was an Assistant Fayette County Attorney. Thurston obtained her Bachelor of Arts in political science, graduating cum laude, from Stephens College in Columbia, Missouri, and her Juris Doctor from the University of Kentucky College of Law.
Grimes also appointed Noel Caldwell, a Frankfort native currently living in Lexington, to be the Director of Business Filings. In addition to overseeing the business filings division of the Secretary of State’s Office, Caldwell will be responsible for managing the office’s online business services, issuing and authenticating business records, and maintaining UCC finance statements.
Prior to joining Secretary Grimes’ administration, Caldwell was an Assistant Fayette County Attorney and, most recently, a partner in a law firm, where he focused on defending government entities in civil lawsuits. Caldwell earned a Bachelor of Arts in political science from Georgetown College and his law degree from the University of Kentucky College of Law.
Secretary Grimes also announced Matt Daley, a Lexington native, will serve as Special Assistant to the Assistant Secretary of State. Daley will focus on developing and implementing civics education initiatives. Daley has a Bachelor of Arts in political science from Eastern Kentucky University and is a trained dyslexia and learning disability instructor and supervisor. Daley is also working towards a Masters in Public Administration from Eastern Kentucky University.
“Lindsay, Noel, and Matt exemplify public service and appreciation for this office’s obligation to the citizens of Kentucky,” said Secretary Grimes. “They will be great additions to the team already in place at the Secretary of State’s office, and I am thrilled they have chosen to dedicate their skills to serving the Commonwealth.”