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Utah appoints new state elections director

Ryan Cowley will serve as the new director of elections in the Office of the Lt. Governor. Cowley will begin his position Dec. 13.

Ryan Cowley will serve as the new director of elections in the Office of the Lt. Governor. Cowley will begin his position Dec. 13. (Utah Office of Lt. Governor)



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SALT LAKE CITY — Lt. Gov. Deidre Henderson on Monday appointed Ryan Cowley to serve as the new director of elections in the Office of the Lieutenant Governor.

Cowley, who is currently working as the Weber County elections director, has 18 years of professional experience in election administration, process management and information technology. He helped found the Olene Walker Institute of Politics and Public Service at Weber State University to provide professional elections certification for elections teams across the state of Utah.

In addition, Cowley serves on Utah's Voter Registration Database committee and has been an important voice in Utah's elections innovations for the past 10 years.

"Ryan brings such a wealth of experience to the office," Henderson said in a prepared statement. "I appreciate his willingness to serve the people of Utah in this new capacity and am confident that under his leadership, Utah's elections will remain safe, secure and transparent."

Cowley has a bachelor's degree in business information systems from Utah State University and received a masters in public administration from Brigham Young University.

"I am excited for this opportunity to serve as the director of elections for the state of Utah," Cowley said. "As an experienced elections administrator, I know how critical this process is to our democracy and I look forward to using my experience to continue the tradition of well-run, secure and accessible elections in Utah."

Cowley will begin his position on Dec. 13.

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