Wednesday, January 15, 2020

General Fitch Shakes Up AG's Office

Attorney General Lynn Fitch issued the following statement.


After announcing her senior staff last week, Attorney General Lynn Fitch has announced the hiring of several key Division Directors.

The directors consist of attorneys and professionals from both state and federal governments, along with the private sector. Below is the list of directors, along with the divisions that they will lead:

Ashley L. Sulser - Criminal Litigation Division
Harold Pizzetta - Civil Litigation Division
Kimberly T. Purdie - Cyber Crime Division
Kim Turner - Opinions Division
Cammie Wyatt - Prosecutor and Law Enforcement Training Division
Teri Gleason - Bureau of Victims Assistance
Emelia Nordan – Public Education and Community Engagement Division
Samuel Cole – Administrative Services Division
Russell Armstrong – Administrative / Chief Technology Officer
Yolanda Nash - Accounting and Financial Management Division
Tony Geiger - Constituent Outreach Division
Kyle Williams - Legislative Affairs and Policy Division


"We are restructuring the agency to fit the needs of our State better and to accomplish our bold agenda," said General Fitch. "The Office of the Attorney General is a powerful platform to go into communities across the State, educate the public and engage them in being a part of the solutions to some of our State's greatest challenges. These talented leaders will help us accomplish our goals for advancing Mississippi."

In the coming weeks, General Fitch will continue to evaluate cases, policies, and programs and make additional announcements.

41 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hopefully they are more qualified for their jobs than she is.

Anonymous said...

I see four names, maybe five, who are nothing more than the spoils system of payback for services rendered during the campaign. But, that seems to be the way of Mississippi politics. Elections have consequences.

Friday is 'Red Jeans' day at the office.

Anonymous said...

Good to see she threw a few boys into the mix.

Anonymous said...

She replaced the head of criminal, who has argued before SCOTUS, with a law clerk who has never actually practiced law, or been in a courtroom except to take notes.

Anonymous said...

Kyle left brunini

Nice guy....prob a good move

Anonymous said...

It’s like a real life Power Puff Girl Agency!

Anonymous said...

That office will just be another corrupt agency. Too many women in one place spells trouble. I had to say that....they don’t get along.

Anonymous said...

You manginas are just pissed that the good ole boy system went out the door with Fitch and Hoseman. Hopefully Gunn will follow their lead and appoint people over party.

Anonymous said...

Pozetta, Turner and Purdie are excellent choices, top notch attorneys who would be highly sought after by any firm.

Anonymous said...

Fitch: "The Office of the Attorney General is a powerful platform to go into communities across the State, educate the public and engage them in being a part of the solutions to some of our State's greatest challenges. These talented leaders will help us accomplish our goals for advancing Mississippi."

Well if that isn't the most vague bunch of bullshit you've ever heard, I don't know what is. Sounds like she ready to launch a social services agency - not be the lead law-enforcement officer for the people. Good God, WHO is going to be watching out for Mississippians lawful rights while she's promoting human services and campaigning full-time for higher office on the taxpayer's dime?

Anonymous said...

Wow. So it looks almost all different but with respect to civil litigation? From what everyone says about civil, I guess that’s to be expected that they’d stay the same especially with Pizzetta still as chief. Nobile argued on behalf of AG Fitch yesterday at the Supreme Court. After that argument and the charter school argument, she might need to be looked at for SG. But maybe that position will be all different people too.

Anonymous said...

I went to law school with Ashley Sulser, & I think she’ll be a great choice.

Anonymous said...

Kim Turner is a disaster! When she was at the Secretary of State's office, her opinions varied day by day. Elections Commissions across the state hated to call and ask for opinions.

Anonymous said...

When YOU get elected AG, you can pick the team YOU want, so put your name on a ballot, and put your cheese on the line instead of griping about things you know nothing about. We'll see what happens.

Anonymous said...

Anyone had to be better than the former head of the Criminal Division. I realize he has argued before the U.S. Supreme Court, but so what? He lost the case, and his oral argument before the U.S. Supreme Court was awful.

Anonymous said...

Multiple Brunini departures for the AG's office?

Anonymous said...

I believe Ashley Sulser is Malcolm McMillin's daughter.

Anonymous said...

7:54
Kim Turner was and is highly regarded by the AG's elections attorneys and others who worked with her. Trying to harm someone's professional reputation by way of anonymous comment is not a worthwhile endeavor.

Kingfish said...

It won't be hard to improve the opinions divisions.

Anonymous said...

8;32

You realize he was limited by doug’s trial record and he is probably the most respected attorney in this building. Certainly the most loved.

Anonymous said...

Cool how employees are learning of these leadership changes via this website rather than communications from the administration.

Interesting leadership style.

Anonymous said...

Can someone explain to me the difference in "Constituent Outreach and "Community Engagement?"

Anonymous said...

Jim:

Thanks for taking care of your people on the way out the door. Your indifference at the end was consistent with your absence the last two terms.

Anonymous said...

10:44 AM

Why try to harm someone's professional reputation when you can just anonymously fire them without reason??????

Anonymous said...

12:02

I'm unsure which is more abhorrent: your assertion a political agent should be obligated to "take care" of employees on the public dime or implying the firing career employees via email is acceptable.

Surely, you can't be serious.

Anonymous said...

12:46 PM

I think 12:02 meant that many of the career employees at the AGO are being let go. That Jim did nothing to ensure that these dedicated State employees would have a place on the new AG's team. He spoke for no one, and no one was saved.

Anonymous said...

12:46:

Sarcasm:
noun
1 : a sharp and often satirical or ironic utterance designed to cut or give pain


2a : a mode of satirical wit depending for its effect on bitter, caustic, and often ironic language that is usually directed against an individual

b : the use or language of sarcasm

Anonymous said...

Ashley Sulser isn’t Malcolm McMillin’s daughter. McMillin’s daughter works for the office of indigent appeals.

Anonymous said...

The gossip around the capitol building this morning was how unprofessional this transition has been thus far. Totally mishandled.

Anonymous said...

I don't know who Lynn has in mind for the new "Solicitor General" position, but Krissy Nobile would be the absolute best choice for it. She is straight brilliant, a hard worker, and one of the best oral (and written) advocates I have ever seen.

Anonymous said...

1:34 PM

Thanks Krissy! Hope you get it!

Anonymous said...

1:24 PM

What? You mean you didn't get a huge severance package and a promise of a job somewhere else? Oh, I am so sorry--not! Get over yourself. New administration = new staff. I hate you might have to actually do some hard work for a change.

Anonymous said...

1:24 "The gossip around the capitol building this morning was how unprofessional this transition has been thus far. Totally mishandled."

Key word "gossip". This is not Jr. High. Get to work!

Anonymous said...

6:10: Well said.

Why are some people so critical on here? It doesn’t make a lot of sense. As someone who used to work there, not many of the actual lawyers get on here and even read the comments these days. But can’t we all just support the lawyers who are working really hard for little pay?

Anonymous said...

It won't be long before Lynn is preoccupied with plastering her face on billboards and posters across the state. Has she already redecorated the AG's office?

Anonymous said...

"But can’t we all just support the lawyers who are working really hard for little pay?"

Absolutely right! These poor souls were just minding their own bidness, tenforking (that's f'ing around rather than actually working in 10-minute increments while billing clients, for you non-lawyers) at what passes for "big law" in MS making big bucks and living the dream, when SUDDENLY! Masked men (or women - I'm not sexist) tossed oyster sacks over their heads! They were dragged before Fitch and given the ultimate ultimatum - "work for me really hard for little pay...or DIE! DIE! DIE!" I'm beginning to think that a MS law license isn't all that great a deal. And of course, geez, no wonder PERS is in trouble...

Kingfish said...

What will be interesting is the AG opinion division. Langford needed to go. However, it will take some time to see how the opinion division operates under Kim Turner. Expect some surprises and harsh reactions because there will be a new way of doing things.

Anonymous said...

furniture so fancy at state personnel board and treasurer's office

Anonymous said...

KF, wishing Turner the best in her new role. I think what the previous commenter said has some validity in that there was always a lack of consistency or different interpretations of the elections code coming out of that office depending on the day of the week. Most county election officials across the state would agree.

Opinions is an important division, I pray she utilizes the talent she has left in that division and does not butt heads with them.

Anonymous said...

So Why does Lynn have two MHP guys as her security detail??

Anonymous said...

That’s a good question, why does she have a full security detail?

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