Thursday, February 24, 2011
Lynn Fitch announces candidacy in county
By SUE WATSON
The daughter of W.O. Fitch came home to announce her candidacy for state treasurer last week at a reception at Fitch Farms.
She was accompanied by her son John Tucker Mitchell, the only grandson of Bill Fitch.
Proud of his daughter’s hard work and rise to positions of responsibility in the state, Fitch introduced his daughter Lynn by saying, “I am very proud of her.”
Announcing her candidacy in Marshall County on Valentine’s Day, Fitch thanked supporters then recapped her last 25 years of work which, she said, brought her to this important moment. She said she believes her prior positions of responsibility in both the private and public sector have prepared her for this important step.
In 2009 Gov. Haley Barbour tapped Fitch as executive director of the Mississippi State Personnel Board, a responsibility to oversee 130 agencies and 32,000 employees.
A graduate of the Ole Miss School of Law at 22 years of age, Fitch has worked to improve conditions wherever she finds herself. As an attorney she gained extensive financial experience in general and municipal bonds and corporate financing while working for the Mississippi treasurer, the State Bond Commission, the Mississippi Department of Banking and Consumer Finance and the Mississippi Department of Finance and Administration.
She has also provided legal counsel to the Mississippi House of Representatives’ Ways and Mean Committee and to the Local and Private Legislation Committee.
At the Attorney General’s Office, Fitch said she learned about the financial aspects of state agencies which were assigned to her.
“It was a tremendous opportunity for me to understand all the financial aspects of these agencies,” she said.
As legal counsel to the Ways and Means and Local and Private committees of the House, Fitch said she helped research and write the laws and learned the legislative process.
In 2004, Fitch was tapped by Barbour to serve as deputy executive director of the Mississippi Department of Employment Security. Four years later she was named to head the personnel board, which she said was basically the human resources department for the state, an agency that has about 2,000 employees.
“I look back and see how these 25 years have prepared me for this position,” she said. “Another skill set I bring to the State Treasurer’s office is finance. When you step into the State Treasurer’s office, you don’t have time for on-the-job training.
“I learned from my daddy how to understand numbers and budgets. I appreciate it, Daddy. Thank you very much.”
For more information, visit www.lynnfitch.com
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