JACKSON—Gov. Phil Bryant announced today that longtime business and economic development reporter Clay Chandler will succeed Nicole Webb as communications director effective Nov. 30.
“Nicole has been an integral part of my team and has done a phenomenal job over the last four years,” said Governor Bryant. “I wish her the very best as she begins her next chapter. While her work and insights will be missed, I am very pleased Clay will be taking the helm. His experience in print journalism will be invaluable in carrying forward the administration’s message.”
Webb and her husband Kevin have returned to the Mississippi Gulf Coast where she will focus primarily on rearing the couple’s two young children. She has served on Bryant’s communications staff since December 2011 following his election to his first term as governor.
“It has been an honor and privilege to serve Mississippi under the extraordinary leadership of Gov. Bryant,” Webb said. “He and his team have accomplished a great deal in four years, and as a native Mississippian, I am excited to see the continued momentum and progress that I know will mark the next four years of his administration.”
Chandler, from Northeast Mississippi, has worked as a journalist since 2004, reporting for the Yazoo Herald, the Mississippi Business Journal and the Clarion Ledger. He has covered economic development and government at every level, including every legislative session and statewide election from 2008-2015.
“I’m thrilled at the opportunity to serve Mississippi in this capacity and grateful Gov. Bryant has made me a part of his team,” Chandler said. “I look forward to helping him move my home state forward.”
Deputy Communications Director Knox Graham will remain on staff as part of Bryant’s communications team and will assume additional responsibilities as press secretary.
Gov. Phil Bryant was elected to a second term as governor on Nov. 3, 2015. He captured 67 percent of the vote.