INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - For the second day in a row there is a new top administrator in the office of Secretary of State Charlie White. It's all part of a shakeup prompted by White's indictment on seven felony charges, including voter fraud.
AJ Feeney-Ruiz is the new communications director for Charlie White. He comes with experience gained under former Secretary of State Todd Rokita and promises a new approach that includes the release of Rokita's investigation into Charlie White's voter registration.
The legal cloud hanging over Charlie White prompted two of his top administrators to leave the office since Friday without notice. Feeney-Ruiz will plug one of the holes as White's new spokesman replacing the departed Jason Thomas.
"The office needs some help as far as getting back on message," said Feeney-Ruiz, "and I already hope to be able to do that as well as help out in a new capacity as deputy chief of staff here."
Jerry Bonnet became White's chief of staff on Monday. He replaced Sean Keefer, who quit and departed on Friday. Now Bonnet and Feeney-Ruiz promise transparency that includes the release of the Rokita investigation in White's voter registration.
"Confident that there aren't going to be any curve balls or anything that come out of it," says Feeney-Ruiz. "So just let Hoosiers see it, let Hoosiers decide."
Working for Charlie White is a difficult assignment, but Feeney-Ruiz is already doing his best to paint a positive picture.
"In spite of the turmoil that may have occurred," he says, "this is an office that has operated up to this day and will continue to operate from this day in an efficient manner."
It's a message intended not only for taxpayers but also for the 75 employees in the Secretary of State's office.
Charlie White is now supported by an executive staff made up of people who, with one exception, served under Todd Rokita.
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