Lt. Gov. Deidre Henderson appoints Ryan Cowley to serve as new state elections director

Lt. Gov. Deidre M. Henderson has appointed Ryan Cowley to serve as the new director of elections in the Office of the Lieutenant Governor. 

“Ryan brings such a wealth of experience to the office,” said Lt. Gov. Henderson. “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 currently serves as the Weber County elections director and has 18 years of professional experience in election administration, process management, and information technology. He helped found the Olene Walker Institute to provide professional elections certification for elections teams across the state. In addition, Cowley currently serves on the Voter Registration Database committee and has been an important voice in Utah’s elections innovations for the past 10 years. 

Cowley graduated with a bachelor’s degree in business information systems from Utah State University and received his MPA from Brigham Young University. 

“I am excited for this opportunity to serve as the director of elections for the state of Utah,” said. Cowley. “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.”

Ryan Cowley will begin his position Dec. 13, 2021. 

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