Governor Matt Mead announced today (Tuesday) that he has appointed Kari Jo Gray to the Wyoming Supreme Court.

Gray replaces Justice E. James Burke, whose retirement will become effective Oct. 8.

Gray has served as Mead's Chief of Staff since he first took office in January 2011. Previously, she was in private practice for 12 years in Douglas and served as Director of the Wyoming Department of Family Services from November 1999 to November 2000.

"I felt privileged to be on the list of three provided to the Governor for this position and am honored to have the opportunity to be a part of Wyoming’s great judiciary," Gray said in a news release. "I look forward to serving the people of Wyoming and will give my all to meet the responsibilities of this key position.”

“Kari has had a long, distinguished career," Mead said in the release. "She is a dedicated public servant with a brilliant legal mind and will serve our state and its citizens well on the Supreme Court.”