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  For Immediate Release: 11/20/2017      
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Ryan McCarthy Named Policy Advisor for Commissioner Justin Olson

PHOENIX — The Arizona Corporation Commission welcomes Ryan McCarthy as Policy Advisor for newly appointed Commissioner Justin Olson. McCarthy comes to the Corporation Commission after serving almost five years as a prosecutor at the Maricopa County Attorney's Office. McCarthy's last assignment at the County Attorney’s Office was prosecuting serious felony offenses in the Repeat Offenders Bureau.

Previously, McCarthy served as a judicial clerk to the Honorable John C. Gemmill at the Arizona Court of Appeals where he helped prepare appellate opinions on criminal, civil, and tax law cases. In law school, McCarthy served as a legal advisor to the Arizona House of Representatives providing counsel to house leadership on issues such as drafting legislation, constitutionality review, and election law.

“I have known Commissioner Olson for several years,” said McCarthy. “I am honored to work with him on the important issues that come before the Commission that impact the entire state.”

McCarthy is a native Arizonan who grew up in Chandler and Gilbert. McCarthy earned a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science and History from Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington. After his undergraduate degree, McCarthy returned home and earned a Juris Doctorate from Arizona State University Law School. McCarthy and his wife live in Gilbert and recently welcomed their third child.


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