Secretary of State John Gale has hired Laura Strimple of Lincoln as his new communications director to replace Gary Seacrest, who is retiring after nine years of service.
Strimple was most recently a television producer with WOWT in Omaha, where she worked for 13 years. Before that, she was a television producer at KLKN in Lincoln. Strimple also has handled media relations for a variety of nonprofit groups.
She has a bachelor's degree in journalism and a master's degree in communication studies, both from West Virginia University.
The Secretary of State's Office oversees elections, state records, business registry services and occupational licensing, among other duties.