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 Executive Staff

 

Email:Alice Wilson  

 

Assistant State Auditor
Alice Wilson, CPA is serving as Assistant State Auditor and brings more than 20 years of government auditing experience to her new role. Wilson most recently served as Executive Director of the Office of Audits for the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, a position she has held for the last seven and half years. Wilson, who is a graduate of the University of Kentucky, also spent 12 years working in the Auditor of Public Accounts office, including six years as Audit Manager.

 

  

 

Email:Ginger Wills

  

Chief of Staff
Ginger Wills comes to the Auditor’s office from the Kentucky Department of Agriculture, where she served as Executive Director for the Office of Strategic Planning & Administration, and Acting Director of the Division of Personnel and Budget. Wills brings more than 16 years of experience in state and local government to her new role, including previous positions as the Commissioner for Department of Intergovernmental Programs with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, and the Executive Director for the Renaissance on Main Program with the Governor’s Office for Local Development.

  

  Email:Sara Beth Gregory

 

General Counsel
Sara Beth Gregory joined the Auditor’s office after working eight years as an attorney with Carroll & Turner, P.S.C. in Monticello. She previously served in public office, having been first elected as State Representative for the 52nd District in 2010 and winning re-election in 2012. She later won a special election to the open 16th District State Senate Seat and served until 2014. Gregory, a graduate of the University of Kentucky and the UK College of Law, also served as a law clerk for Senior Judge Eugene E. Siler, Jr., with the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.

  

 

Email:Libby Carlin  

Executive Director of the Office of Technology and Special Audits
Prior to her appointment, Libby Carlin CPA served as Assistant Auditor of Public Accounts and acting Executive Director for the Office of Financial Audits from 2012 through 2015. She began her state government career in 1997, and most of her state government work has been with the Auditor of Public Accounts in various positions. She is a graduate of Morehead State University where she obtained bachelors and masters’ degrees in business administration.

  

 

Email:James Royse

Deputy Executive Director for the Office of Financial Audits
James Royse, CFE, also served in this position from 2012 to 2015. Royse is a Certified Fraud Examiner, and began his state government career with the Auditor of Public Accounts in 1994. His past positions at the APA include financial auditor and audit manager. Royse is a graduate of the University of Kentucky.

 

  

  Email:Michael Goins

 

 

Communications Director
Michael Goins brings more than 23 years of communications experience to his new role, including most recently serving more than five years as the Communications Director for the Kentucky House Republican Caucus. Goins also served as Deputy Communications Director for Governor Ernie Fletcher, and held senior communications positions in the Transportation and Education Cabinets. He is also a former award-winning television news reporter, covering issues for WSAZ-TV in Huntington, West Virginia, and as Big Sandy Bureau Chief for WYMT-TV in Hazard. Goins is a graduate of Eastern Kentucky University.

  

 

Email:Brian Darnell  

 

Executive Assistant to the Auditor
Brian Darnell is a licensed Realtor, licensed property and casualty insurance agent, and a licensed life and health insurance agent. Darnell, who is a graduate of Western Kentucky University, brings over 12 years small business ownership experience and 12 years corporate management and sales experience to his role.

 

 

  

 

Email:Melissa Scott

  

Executive Assistant to the Chief of Staff, and Executive Assistant to the General Counsel
Melissa Scott brings more than 26 years of experience in Kentucky State Government, most recently serving as an Executive Staff Advisor in the Office of the Commissioner of Agriculture. Scott previously held positions within the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet and the Kentucky Department of Aviation. Scott resides in Anderson County with her husband and their son.

 

  

  Email:Alta Renfro

 

Assistant to Auditor Harmon
Before coming to work for the Auditor’s office, Alta Renfro served as a Legislative Assistant in the Kentucky Legislative Research Commission (LRC) and has also served as an assistant in the insurance agency. Before starting her career Renfro spent several years working on her family’s farm.