Personnel note: Lt. Gov.-elect Will Ainsworth taps Judy Miller as Chief of Staff

Judy Miller
Judy Miller [Photo contributed]

Less than a week after winning the lieutenant governor’s race, Republican Will Ainsworth  on Monday announced who he has chosen to serve as his chief of staff.

Ainsworth has tapped Judy Miller, who has more than three decades of experience having served as the executive director of the Marshall County Legislative Office.

During her career directing the Marshall County Legislative Office, Miller worked with a dozen state legislators and was tasked with handling constituent casework, grant programs, research and development of legislation, scheduling, communications, and other state government duties.

“Judy Miller has more than 30 years of experience in working with legislators of both parties, drafting bills and resolutions, and handling constituent services, which will prove invaluable to the citizens of Alabama and to me, as lieutenant governor,” Ainsworth said. “During my service as a state representative in Marshall County, Judy’s professional and political talents were obvious, and I am proud to have her lead my staff and help enact my agenda.”

Miller, who is believed to be the first female appointed as chief of staff to an Alabama lieutenant governor, said she looks forward to the challenges that service in Montgomery offers.

“Throughout the past four years, I have witnessed firsthand Will Ainsworth’s commitment to the citizens in his legislative district and his deep desire to improve their quality of life. Now he is ready to devote that same work ethic and vision to all Alabamians,” Miller added. “Will has instructed me to make his lieutenant governor’s office the most active and responsive in Alabama history, and I will work hard to carry out that mission.”

Miller has a lengthy resume of community service in Marshall County which includes holding seats on the boards of the United Way of Marshall County, the Child Advocacy Center of Marshall County, and the Marshall County Convention and Visitors Bureau. A graduate of Leadership Marshall County, Miller founded the Marshall County Teen Pregnancy Prevention Coalition and was selected as a “Local Hero” by the Sand Mountain Reporter newspaper in 2014.

A life-long resident of Arab, she and her husband, Jimmy, a veteran law enforcement officer, have two married children and two grandchildren.