Williamsburg, VA (Aug. 28, 2014)—The Conference of Court Public Information Officers (CCPIO) has announced changes in leadership for the coming year.

CCPIO names executive boardNancy Volmer has been named president of the organization through Dec. 2015. Volmer is the public information officer for the Utah State Courts, a position she has held since July 2003. She served a six-month term as president-elect of CCPIO before taking over as president upon the retirement of John Kostouros from the Minnesota Judicial Branch.

Beth Riggert was voted in as president elect on Aug. 5, 2014, during the CCPIOP’s annual membership meeting. Riggert is the communications counsel for the Supreme Court of Missouri and previously served on the CCPIO Board as secretary. The membership selected Michael S. Sommermeyer as secretary to replace Riggert. Sommermeyer is a business analyst at the Supreme Court of Nevada. He previously served as the information officer for the Eighth Judicial District Court in Clark County, NV.

Karen Salaz becomes past president after serving the past four years as president elect and president. Salaz is the district administrator for the 19th Judicial District in Greeley, Colo. Prior to this, Salaz served as the public information officer for the Colorado Judicial Department.

Continuing on in their CCPIO Board positions are Tom Darr, treasurer, who is the deputy court administrator for the Administrative Office of the Pennsylvania Courts, Stephanie Harris, membership chair, who serves as communications counsel for the Arkansas Supreme Court and Ashley Stollar, webmaster, who is the communications/outreach specialist for the Georgia Courts.

CCPIO is a professional organization for those working to develop and improve public education and information programs in local, state and federal court systems. Incorporated in 1991, CCPIO has more than 120 members from across the country and abroad. CCPIO is the only professional resource dedicated to court public information officers.

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