HARRISBURG -- Gov. Tom Corbett has chosen his budget office communications director, Jay Pagni, as his new press secretary.
The governor's new communications director, Lynn Lawson, had been serving both roles since late August, when she took over for Mr. Corbett's longtime communications aide, Kevin Harley.
Mr. Pagni, 43, has worked for 16 years in state government, including media relations posts in the health and public welfare agencies and management positions in the Department of General Services and the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency.
He will be responsible for day-to-day media inquiries from local, state and national media.
In a statement announcing the appointment, the governor cited Mr. Pagni's knowledge of legislative issues and relationships with members of the media. Mr. Pagni is one of a few press secretaries who regularly visit the Capitol press room to speak with reporters.
The press secretary post is one of several high-profile staff jobs that have been rearranged in recent months.
In July, Mr. Corbett replaced chief of staff Stephen Aichele with Leslie Gromis Baker, who rose to prominence in Republican politics as a strategist for Gov. Tom Ridge.
In August, he named a new secretary of legislative affairs, appointed Ms. Lawson his communications director and asked for the resignation of his acting education secretary.