Deal names third deputy chief of staff, legal counsel

Erin Hames, Gov. Sonny Perdue’s former policy director, has found a new post in state government after a brief  outing with the Department of Education.

Hames, a former teacher, was named a deputy chief of staff for policy by Deal. Earlier Deal named Brian Robinson and Michael Shaffer to top deputy positions.

Hames was Perdue’s policy director before landing a top position with the Department of Education four months ago. But the new state school superintendent asked her to resign when he started filling jobs after the election.

Deal also tapped Atlanta attorney Todd Markle as his executive counsel. Markle served on the Fulton County steering committee for Deal’s campaign for governor.

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December 22nd, 2010
1:11 pm

Who’s going to be the busiest man for the next four years in the Deal administration? Todd Markle. He will be a household name across the state of Georgia.

Let the Big Dawg Eat

December 22nd, 2010
1:35 pm

Todd Markle is good guy and a good lawyer. The Dealster will certainly need his help as he attempts to dodge all the bullets coming his way.


December 22nd, 2010
1:50 pm

What in the world does Erin Hames have on these elected officials? She certainly has nine lives.


December 22nd, 2010
2:26 pm

If the feds do come after Deal will our tax dollars be used to pay his lawyers even though the stuff happened before he was elected governor??

Old News

December 22nd, 2010
3:33 pm

Do you people really believe the Fed’s are coming to get Nathan? Really? If so I got some nice beach front property up in Towns Co I’d love to sell you all.

former republican

December 22nd, 2010
3:46 pm

I sure hope SOMEONE comes to get Deal. Otherwise we are all doomed.


December 22nd, 2010
4:25 pm

Old News…You’re the only one on this blog that makes sense. AS has been noted many times already, all this non-sense about Deal’s troubles and ethic violations were forgotten about as soon as the election was over. The democrats rode that horse as long as they could and now the horse is broken down. They don’t have anythingelse to it’s all over. Get use to it and enjoy the next four years…and remember…the good guys usually do finish first.

Same ol' Same ol'

December 22nd, 2010
4:47 pm

So Erin Hames is shipped off to DOE where she is fired and Deal’s people do Purdue a favor by hiring her back? I am sure the agency heads who had sighed relief when she left are thrilled to see her back. One of the most disliked women in state government. Nine lives and pictures on someone indeed.


December 22nd, 2010
5:26 pm

So the architect of Sonny’s disastrous education team lands with Deal. Schools will be down to 120 days of funding soon.


December 22nd, 2010
5:53 pm


Yeah, that grand jury investigation is not closed yet…


December 22nd, 2010
6:31 pm

Couldn’t they bury her somewhere so she could just draw a big paycheck but have no power?

sue blackwell

December 22nd, 2010
9:11 pm

It’s too late to complain about Deal…where are the fools that voted on him?


December 22nd, 2010
10:26 pm

Along with Erin Hames, I see Gena Evans was retained. King Sonny lives on. Looks like the next four years will be as bad or worse than the last eight.


December 22nd, 2010
11:40 pm

No need to complain now, you all voted him in…now DEAL with it! The past 8 years will seem like wonder years compared to what we are about to get!


December 23rd, 2010
6:55 am

From intern to deputy COS in just a few years. Is there any wonder why Georgia isn’t moving ahead in the education world?

James did she get ANOTHER salary bump in addition to her $144k salary she was pulling from DOE? I mean last time, she got a $70k raise.

Now THAT is the real Deal.

Time Will Tell

December 23rd, 2010
8:55 am

I didn’t vote for Deal, but the fact is he will soon be Georgia’s Governor. I don’t want him to fail because then Georgia will fail. I certainly hope he doesn’t get indicted while he’s Governor, because our state will suffer. Georgia NEEDS Deal to be successful.

8 Years ago, Sonny, Casey and the Georgia Legislature shifted our state into reverse. We have since backed our way into becoming the New Alabama. Corruption is rampant to the point of being flaunted by Perdue. Education, water and our infrastructure has been left to ruin. The extremist control the political debate. Voices of reason have fallen silent. Georgia absolutely IS the New Alabama.

Again, Georgia needs Deal to be a success. But why on Earth, would a man who comes into office with a ton of ethical questions, load up his staff with registered lobbyists, and Perdue hold-overs? Deal should get as far away from the Perdue administration as possible. Deal should have demanded that those voting for Oaky Woods stop this scam or face his wrath when he takes office. But Deal chose to be silent and thus complacent. He missed a great chance to take the ethical high road. His selection of his staff was another missed opportunity to restore ethics to the Governor’s Office.

So, come on Nathan. Georgia needs you to step up. I for one, and pulling for you. Make ethics your legecy. Following Sonny’s lead will lead you to the same place Sonny’s going … and that place is FEDERAL PRISON.


December 23rd, 2010
10:16 am

Hey, there’s a lot of beach front property in Towns Co. Which is your property, Old News?


December 23rd, 2010
11:43 am

A couple of political hacks,the decline of the State of Georgia continues!


December 23rd, 2010
1:44 pm

Under GOP control the state of GA has one of the highest un-employment rates to date @10.6% reported by the AJC. The Georgia electorate elects a GOP Governor under more ethics investigations than any other Georgia politician and they scratch there mindless heads as to why Georgia is in the shape it’s currently in. It appears the electorate in GA are just as hypocritical as the shrills in Louisiana who reelected David Vitter who was caught red-handed in a Hoe-House, yet drapes the bible and flag over his chest ranting were Gods party to include family values…LMAO I thought the GOP ran on family values, ethics and other ‘DO RIGHT’ principles but yet the sheepish follow one off the cliff GA electorate by passed a women who had no baggage for an obvious crook. Is it any wonder why the rest of the Nation calls the SE a bunch of dumb red-ne(*cks?

sandi mcpherson-winkler

December 23rd, 2010
2:26 pm

Way to go Todd Markle! I used to be Todd Markle’s secretary/legal assistant back in 2004-2006 when he worked with Eric Miller at the law firm of Miller and Markle and I must say that he is an awesome attorney and will be a reliable asset to the Deal team. Deal does have his hands full and I think that a wise decision was made.

Smells like cancer in the rotunda

December 23rd, 2010
2:37 pm

I guess it’s safe to assume Not-so-slim Shady Deal will keep a personal bankruptcy attorney on staff at the capitol.

Todd Markle, Esq.

December 23rd, 2010
2:41 pm

It is true that I was censured by the State Bar in 1988 for comingling client funds and failing to deposit retainer funds into my IOLTA escrow account. I reached a settlement with that client, and the State Bar did not suspend my license.

Roger Wessler

December 23rd, 2010
5:48 pm

Erin Hames has been been behind every failed education policy for the past five years. Add Dean Alford to the mix and they are some duo. Dean was the chairman of the governors IE2 initiative. I must admit…I am not excited that Hames is staying on. This is a huge step backwards

Jessica Stovall

December 23rd, 2010
5:50 pm

Hames’ husband worked for Perdue too. I guess he will be staying on and the nepotism will again reign high. What a joke.

Miss Rita

December 23rd, 2010
5:54 pm

Dean Alford was behind the failed IE2 effort. Now he is over chairing the technical college system board trying to ruin it one policy at a time. When will this madness stop?


December 23rd, 2010
6:09 pm

Good lord, please no more of Gena Evans! God help the poor souls that have to work for that idiot.


December 23rd, 2010
9:02 pm

I do not think Deal could have assembled a bigger bunch of cheats and losers for his staff.

buckhead willie

December 23rd, 2010
10:21 pm

The real worry is that Deal is so challenged financially that he’s a sitting duck for the first bribe offered…and there will be many. Ole Sonny got rich on sweet deals. Let’s watch what happens to Ole Nathan.

Hillbilly heaven…that’s the new Georgia.


December 24th, 2010
7:50 am

can we not get something in here besides Horse racing, what kinda trash is he bringing in.Just a money hole for the rich to make bets and pick pockets and thieves to breed!this helps no one!Hillbilly gangsta


December 24th, 2010
10:45 am

Wow, the demise of this great State continues…. lest we forget, Zell Miller and his incredible dumb idea of classical music in MARTA stations, a reason to kinda get excited and the State flourished under 4 years of Roy Barnes and Mark Taylor, then we went right back to the era of stupidity with the Sonny Bunch. Georgia, we had a chance to correct that huge step backward and elect King Roy, but noooooooo…. The political climate was Anti-Democrat (or so it was stated), no one wanted to look at the flawed Deal, honestly. He is a documented, disgraced, crook. Yet, he ran, and the “people” voted for him. He flatly denied any wrongdoing on his part, yet there are oceans of documents, reports, an unfinished ethics investigation, bankruptcies, etc. that were clearly detailed by the local media and persons with knowledge of this man’s wrongdoing. All this because he was running against a Democrat…incredible. He hasn’t even taken office yet, and he’s already set to cut educational dollars in this State. No, we aren’t becoming Alabama, we’ll become the dumbest, most idiotic State in the world. With no educational funding, please tell me what business will want to come here? Oh, lemme guess, call centers, where Georgians will earn $8-$9 an hour, no benefits, and still remain extraordinarily uneducated. Not a good look for Georgia, that’s for damn sure.

So, with our newly elected Thug-anor, my family and I are outta here. Georgia, once the jewel of the south, is now about to become a place where everyone knows where its at, but no ones want to come here. All he need do now is change the State flag back to the Stars & Bars. I’m sure he has his henchmen working on that.

Enjoy, you idiots who elected this cretinist scum. I’ll hate to read about the devastion, but you got what you elected.


December 24th, 2010
11:35 am

Todd Markle is an outstanding lawyer and very experienced litigator who has been in the trenches for many years actually trying cases. He will make a great executive counsel.


December 24th, 2010
6:04 pm

State School Superintendent John Barge fired Erin Hames. The Department of Education employees and schools around the state were estatic to see her go. I would think Barge must be rather upset with Deal that he would hire someone to meddle in education policy from the Governor’s office and interfere with his running of the DOE. Would like someone from the AJC to ask Barge who is actually watching over education in this state.


December 24th, 2010
11:54 pm

Todd Markle and Erin Hames?????? WTF – they are both dumbasses!


December 25th, 2010
12:43 am

@Pat….good question. Who was elected to address education issues, Dr. John Barge or Erin Haymes? I would like to see someone ask the tough question of Nathan Deal as to why this fired employee is now in his office where she can affect Barge’s efforts to get education back on track in this state. Seems to me Dr. Barge needs a new State School Board, too. No need for Sonny’s education failures to be perpetuated with a group that has badly wounded education in this state by going along with everything Sonny. As an educator, I cannot recall a more NON-Education Governor or worse period of time for education in Georgia.


December 25th, 2010
3:00 pm

The list of people involved in the Perdue administration or associated with Perdue’s efforts to bring public education down is long…Sonny Perdue, Erin Hames, Dean Alford, Wanda Barrs, Kathy Cox, Jennifer Rippner, Holly Robinson, Ben Scafidi, Alvin Wilbanks, Kathleen Mathers……and many more. These people stand ready to help Deal finish public education in favor of charter schools and vouchers. Educators beware!


December 25th, 2010
5:24 pm

Sounds like he is getting his defense team ready!


December 25th, 2010
8:49 pm

Clearly, Deal is not very honest or very bright.

GA Gang

December 25th, 2010
10:33 pm

Three Deputy Chiefs of Staff??? Are you kidding me? And this nimrod Deal says he wants to downsize state government? Downsize so he can hire all this butt kissers he owes!

Bolliver Shagnasty

December 26th, 2010
9:54 am

Just remember that Herr Deal represents Gainesville, the Chicken Crappola of the known world.