General-Elect Fitch Announces Senior Staff "Enlisting the best of Mississippi's human capital to lead my agenda"

From:  News Release    1/6/2020    GCN

Madison, MS. Attorney General-Elect Lynn Fitch is pleased to announce the following senior officials to help lead her team at the Attorney General's Office.

Jesse Graham, Deputy for Administrative Operations. Jesse has over thirty-five years of professional experience in both the public and private sectors, including serving as Deputy Treasurer for the last eight years. He has a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration from Mississippi State University. Jesse will oversee the administrative functions of the office, including human resources, accounting, information technology, and procurement.

Whitney Lipscomb, Deputy Attorney General. Whitney comes to the Attorney General's Office from Governor Phil Bryant's staff, where she served most recently as Deputy Chief of Staff and Counsel. Prior to that position, Whitney was in private practice with a firm in Gulfport. She received her Bachelor's degree, summa cum laude, from Mississippi State University and her J.D., also summa cum laude, from the University of Mississippi. Amongst her responsibilities, she will oversee State agency support operations, legislative and policy functions, civil litigation, Attorney General's opinions, and a new Solicitor General.

Mary Helen Wall, Deputy Attorney General. Mary Helen has more than sixteen years of criminal litigation experience in both state and federal courts, including the last twelve as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of Mississippi. Prior to that, she served as a Hinds County Assistant Public Defender and clerked for U.S. Magistrate Judge Michael T. Parker in Hattiesburg. Mary Helen has a Bachelor's degree from Millsaps College and a J.D. from the University of Mississippi. She will oversee, amongst other responsibilities, criminal legal and investigative work, including public integrity and Medicaid fraud, cybercrimes, consumer fraud, and federal habeas cases.

Ray Coleman, Director of Communications. Ray has nearly fourteen years in public communications, including as Director of External Affairs for the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency (MEMA). Prior to serving at that State agency, he was a television anchor and reporter at 16-WAPT News in Jackson. He has a Bachelor's degree in Mass Communications from the University of Southern Mississippi. He will oversee media relations and serve as the primary spokesperson for the Attorney General's Office.

"The most important resource that any Attorney General's office has at its disposal," said Attorney General-Elect Fitch, "is its human capital. I am working to assemble a team of talented, innovative, and enthusiastic minds that can not only execute the agenda we laid out for Mississippi's Attorney General's Office, but build on it to construct the best possible outcomes for our great State. I am pleased to have Jesse, Whitney, Mary Helen, and Ray help lead this team and I look forward to all we will be able to accomplish in the next four years."

Attorney General-Elect Fitch continues to conduct interviews and review resumes and will announce further additions to her team in the weeks