Morrisey announces communications staff changes

West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey announced a change in his office’s communications staff on Thursday.

Beth Ryan, who has been the office’s director of communications since February 2013, will be leaving on May 29 to be a stay-at-home mom to her two sons.

She will be replaced by Daily Mail business editor Jared Hunt.

“Beth has been an impactful member of our team and a dedicated public servant to the people of West Virginia,” Morrisey said. “I am grateful for her extraordinary efforts and wish her all the best as she transitions into a new and exciting part of her life. Beth’s sons are fortunate to have such a wonderful mother, and they will be truly blessed to have her undivided attention at such an important time of their lives.”

While working for Morrisey, Ryan was a part of a team that brought significant changes, including creating a new outside counsel competitive bidding policy that has saved the state millions of dollars, to the Attorney General’s office. She was also involved in a total upgrade of the office’s electronic infrastructure and the institution of a 55-county consumer protection education and outreach strategy that has provided support to the state’s residents who are vulnerable to scam artists and identity theft predators.

“My husband and I have long dreamed about a time when I could stay home with our children on a full-time basis,” Ryan said, while expressing appreciation for her experiences during her time at the office. “With our sons getting closer to school age, we thought it would be best to make the change now in order to spend as much time as possible with the boys. I applaud Attorney General Morrisey for all of his efforts to improve the State of West Virginia and the Office of the Attorney General. I thank him for supporting me wholeheartedly in this decision and for providing me with this opportunity.”

Before joining Morrisey’s office, Ryan previously was the managing editor of the State Journal for five years.

Hunt, a native of Jackson County and a graduate of West Virginia University, will serve as press secretary for the attorney general.

He will officially join the Office of the Attorney General on June 5.

Prior to becoming business editor of the Daily Mail in February 2013, Hunt served as the newspaper’s statehouse reporter and was a reporter for Jackson Newspapers.

“Jared will bring substantial newsroom experience, a tireless work ethic and strong professional integrity to his role on our team,” Morrisey said. “He will be a great asset to our communications staff and to the State as we continue our work to make West Virginia a great place to live.”

Hunt will be joining current communications and outreach staff members Carrie Bowe and Jordan Nuzum.

Contact writer Joel Ebert at 304-348-4843 or joel.ebert@dailymailwv.com. Follow him on twitter.com/joelebert29.

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