Snyder shakes up communications staff

LEFT: Gov. Rick Snyder (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio) RIGHT: The state Capitol in Lansing, Mich. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, File)

LANSING, Mich. (AP/WOOD) — Gov. Rick Snyder has appointed a new director to his communications office and reassigned two members of the staff.

His office announced Thursday that Ari Adler will serve as the governor’s primary spokesman. He will be assisted by two deputy press secretaries.

Adler has been communications director for the state Transportation department and spokesman for the state’s Senate Majority Leader and House Speaker.

Meegan Holland and Dave Murray are being shifted to other areas.

Holland is becoming the special projects manager for the Governor’s Office. Her first tasks will be addressing concerns about the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans and handling the recent leadership change within the Michigan Department of Military and Veterans Affairs.

Murray is taking over as the communications director for the Michigan Department of Talent and Economic Development. Melanie Brown, who previously held that job, is currently working in an interim communications position with the state Department of Environmental Quality.

Snyder has been criticized by some for Flint’s lead-tainted water crisis. Flint was under state oversight when it switched from Detroit’s water system to the Flint River to save money.

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