Gov. Rick Snyder: Sara Wurfel played pivotal role in telling the Michigan story

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Deputy Press Secretary Dave Murray to fill press secretary role

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

LANSING, Mich. – Press Secretary Sara Wurfel, who played a pivotal role in key initiatives and telling the Michigan comeback story since the start of the administration, is leaving the Governor’s Office at the end of the month, Gov. Rick Snyder said.

Wurfel will join the statewide public relations firm Truscott Rossman, serving as vice president for public affairs. She will continue working with the Executive Office until Nov. 30 to ensure a smooth transition.

"Sara has boundless energy, talent and a passion for helping the people of our state,” Snyder said. “She showed extraordinary leadership as we worked on issues such as the revitalization of Detroit, the Gordie Howe International Bridge and the Healthy Michigan Plan – each improving the quality of life for Michiganders for years to come.”

A native Michigander, Wurfel was recruited back home to join the Snyder Administration in 2011. She previously was communications director for AARP Oregon and led public affairs for a Portland, Ore.-based hospital. In Michigan, Wurfel was communications director for the state Department of Agriculture under governors Engler and Granholm, served as district communications director for a Mid-Michigan member of Congress and worked for the Michigan House of Representatives.

"Working with the Governor and our team on guiding Michigan's comeback has been an amazing experience," Wurfel said. "I'm grateful for the people I've met around Michigan who are making a difference and revitalizing our communities. Being part of the positive transformation in this state has been the most rewarding of my career. At the same time, I'm excited to join the team at Truscott Rossman, working with some of my most respected colleagues on issues of importance to all of Michigan."

Snyder named Deputy Press Secretary Dave Murray to the press secretary role. Murray joined the administration in 2013 after 23 years as a journalist for the Flint Journal, the Grand Rapids Press and Mlive where he largely focused on local, state and national education issues. He also reported for three years for the Bridgeport Post in Connecticut. Murray is a 1986 graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism and lives in Rockford.

“Dave’s extensive experience combined with his enthusiasm to tell the Michigan story have made him an integral part of our team over the past two years,” Snyder said. “I’m confident that he will continue to excel in this new role.”

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