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February 23, 2009

GOVERNOR BARBOUR NAMES FITCH TO LEAD STATE PERSONNEL BOARD

Governor Haley Barbour announced today the appointment of Lynn Fitch as executive director of the State Personnel Board, effective March 1.

Fitch, a Holly Springs native, has served as deputy executive director of external affairs and support services of the Mississippi Department of Employment Security since 2007. She previously served as chairwoman of the Board of Review at MDES for four years.

“Lynn is well-qualified for this position by education, experience and outstanding performance in her previous jobs,” Governor Barbour said. “I am delighted she has accepted this leadership position at the State Personnel Board and know the entire system will benefit from her service.”

While at MDES, Fitch focused on improving professionalism and efficiency at the agency by training the appeals judges as Administrative Law Judges, which allowed them write their own opinions. She also automated the appeals process, allowing Mississippi to become one of the first Appeals Departments in the country to move to a paperless system, cutting the Board of Review meeting time by half.

“I appreciate the opportunity to lead an agency whose role is so critical to the success of all other state agencies,” Fitch said. “I hope to be a strategic partner and treat each agency like a customer.”

Prior to joining MDES, Fitch practiced law in the areas of public and corporate financing at the McGlinchey Stafford Law Firm and the Holcomb Dunbar Law Firm. She also served as counsel for the Mississippi House of Representatives and as a special assistant attorney general in the Attorney General’s office. Fitch was recently named as one of the 50 Leading Business Women of 2008 by the Mississippi Business Journal. She is past president of the Mississippi Women Lawyers Association, a former bar commissioner for the Mississippi State Bar, and serves on the Board of Governors for the National Association of Unemployment Insurance Appellate Boards.