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SALT LAKE CITY - Lt. Governor Greg Bell has appointed Mark Thomas to serve as his Chief Deputy.  Cody Stewart, who has served as his Chief of Staff since September, 2011, will now serve full time as the energy advisor to Governor Herbert.

"As I begin my new term, I'm excited to have Mark by my side.  His hard work and commitment to the office over the years demonstrates that he is ready for this job.  He is a valuable asset to the office," said Lt. Governor Greg Bell.

As chief deputy, Thomas will be responsible to oversee the daily operations of the Lt. Governor's Office and will serve as the Lt. Governor's spokesperson.  Mr. Thomas will advise the Lt. Governor on policy issues and help promote the Administration's initiatives.  He will continue to serve as the Director of Elections, a position he has held since 2009.

"Lt. Governor Bell works very hard to make our state a better place, he really cares about the citizens of Utah" said Thomas.  "I am thrilled by this opportunity to assist him in this endeavor and will hit the ground running."

Thomas served as the Office Administrator during the Lt. Governor Gary Herbert's administration.  He continued his duties as the Director of Elections under Lt. Governor Greg Bell, with a focus on modernizing election and campaign finance websites, developing online voter and absentee registration, and updating antiquated election laws. He is the recipient of the 2012 Governor's Award for Excellence for Innovation and Efficiency and currently serves as a member of the U.S. Election Assistance Commission's Standards Board.

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