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Incoming Idaho secretary of state announces four top hires for new office

By: - November 30, 2022 12:31 pm
Phil McGrane

Idaho's Secretary of State-elect Phil McGrane announced four hires who will join his staff in January when he is sworn in. (Otto Kitsinger for the Idaho Capital Sun)

Secretary of State-elect Phil McGrane announced four hires who will join his staff in January when he is sworn in, according to a press release.

The four include Nicole Fitzgerald as chief deputy, Brooke Brourman as deputy legislative counsel, Jason Lehosit as deputy policy director and Chelsea Carattini as communications director.

The Idaho Secretary of State is an executive office responsible for administering state elections, keeping records on businesses, trademarks, tax liens, notaries and other professions, and has various other duties related to official documentation. McGrane is still serving as Ada County clerk until January. He won a four-year term to the office in the November election with 72% of the vote.

“As Idaho’s next secretary of state, I pledged to strengthen and rebuild trust in Idaho elections across the board. Keeping elections safe is our number one goal, and I believe the well-rounded experience of these individuals will help me deliver on that promise,” McGrane said in the release.

Fitzgerald has worked in state government for nearly a decade, previously serving as the administrator at the Office of Drug Policy and executive director at the Council on Domestic Violence and Victim Assistance, according to the release. Brourman worked for 10 years as a principal legislative drafting attorney and two years as the public records coordinator for the Idaho Legislative Services Office. Lehosit is a 28-year campaign professional who has extensive experience working on federal, state, local, and nonpartisan elections, and Carattini has worked at the Ada County Clerk’s Office for the past eight years, serving the last three as the communications specialist.

“As Idaho grows, so do the demands of the secretary’s office,” Fitzgerald said in the release. “The office interfaces with hundreds of candidates, tens of thousands of businesses, and over 1 million voters. Providing the best customer service to those we interact with is our priority.”


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Kelcie Moseley-Morris
Kelcie Moseley-Morris

Kelcie Moseley-Morris is an award-winning journalist who has covered many topics across Idaho since 2011. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Idaho and a master’s degree in public administration from Boise State University. Moseley-Morris started her journalism career at the Moscow-Pullman Daily News, followed by the Lewiston Tribune and the Idaho Press.