Effective today, Governor Rick Snyder has a new Communications Director.  The governor has announced the addition of Jarrod Agen to the staff. The move is generating speculation that another announcement could be coming soon.

Agen, who has a bachelor's degree in communications from the University of Masssachusetts, replaces Jeff Holyfield, who left the administration's key post to become the public relations director for the Michigan Lottery.

Snyder issued a written statement in making the announcement touting Agen's ability to multi-task.  "He is accustomed to fast-paced environments and the challenges of telling big stories to audiences large and small.  Michigan's comeback is an exciting story and we welcome his leadership on our team to help tell that story."

Agen's resume includes communication roles with both the U. S. Department of Homeland Security and the Environmental Protection Agency.  He began his career, according to the press release, working in the media for MSNBC.

Agen also has an extensive behind-the-scenes political background, including work on the 2010 gubernatorial race in California.  That has generated speculation that an announcement by Governor Snyder on his reelection plans could be coming shortly. Snyder's campaign has already purchased Super Bowl ad time.

Press Secretary Sara Wurful and her deputy will continue to be the main contacts for the governor.