Lt. Gov. Brian Krolicki announced today that long-time chief of staff Kathy Besser will be transitioning to a part-time role in the office and has named Adam R. Jones as his new chief of staff.
"Kathy has been an extraordinary chief of staff, and I am deeply grateful for all that she has accomplished on behalf of this state during my tenures as lieutenant governor and state treasurer. She has been one of my closest confidants for more than 11 years, and it is my exceedingly good fortune to have had the benefit of her work-ethic, intelligence, wit and wisdom," said Krolicki. "As bittersweet as it is for me to have her leave her day-to-to day duties, I understand and respect her desire to begin exploring new professional opportunities. I'm delighted that we have identified an arrangement which will still allow this office to benefit from her vast and seasoned experience, even if it is on a part-time basis."
Adam Jones comes to the office with impressive experience in both national and state politics, including his work on multiple successful political campaigns. Additionally, Jones has served as chief of staff to the North Dakota Senate Majority Leader, and following the 2009 North Dakota Legislative Session, Jones was named executive director of the North Dakota Republican Party. In this capacity, Jones implemented strategies during the 2010 cycle that led to the largest Republican legislative gains in North Dakota's history while also providing the platform for the Republicans in North Dakota to capture the sole U.S. House of Representatives position along with the U.S. Senate seat - both held by Democrats for over 30 years.
In 2010, Jones arrived in Nevada to join RedRock Strategies, a national political consulting and public affairs firm. At RedRock, Jones oversaw the firm's public affairs efforts working with a number of entities ranging from Fortune 500 companies and pro-business organizations to technology and healthcare startups. He was responsible for developing communication strategies, rapid response plans and business development models which successfully led to increased market share for his clients.
"I am thrilled to have Adam join our team in the lieutenant governor's office," said Krolicki. "He not only brings a unique set of leadership and administrative skills that will be invaluable to managing the day-to-day operations of the office, but he also possesses great working knowledge of both the private and public sectors."
Jones said he is excited about the opportunity to serve the state of Nevada. "I am thankful and humbled by Krolicki's confidence in me to serve the office and the state of Nevada in this capacity," said Jones. "I have a deep respect for Krolicki, and I look forward to assisting him in carrying out the considerable responsibilities of the office."