Richard E. Turley Jr. to Lead Church Public Affairs

  • 26 April 2016

Richard E. Turley Jr., left, assistant Church historian and recorder, gives a presentation on the Nauvoo-era Council of Fifty Minutes in June of 2014 with colleagues from the Joseph Smith Papers, Matthew J. Grow and Ronald K. Esplin. The First Presidency has appointed Brother Turley to be the new managing director of Church Public Affairs, replacing Michael Otterson, who is retiring.  Photo by R. Scott Lloyd.

The First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has appointed Richard E. Turley Jr. as the new managing director of the Church’s Public Affairs Department. Brother Turley replaces Michael Otterson, who had previously announced that he would retire on August 31 of this year and has served as the managing director for the past eight years.

Brother Turley is currently serving as assistant Church historian and recorder for the Church, a position he has held since March 12, 2008.

Richard E. Turley Jr.

Brother Turley also served for eight years as managing director of the Family and Church History Department, overseeing the Church Archives and Records Center, the Church History Library, and the Museum of Church History and Art.

“We are thrilled to welcome Rick Turley to the Public Affairs Department and look forward to serving with him and benefitting from his leadership, knowledge, and experience,” said Elder Von G. Keetch of the Seventy and Executive Director for Public Affairs.

Brother Otterson and Brother Turley will work together to transition over the next four months.