Gov.-elect Nathan Deal on Monday indicated that much of the state’s bureaucracy will remain in familiar hands once he takes office – but named a former aide to both Johnny Isakson and Glenn Richardson as the state’s top economic development agent.
Deal said named Chris Cummiskey, who now acts as a liaison between the state Capitol and the University of Georgia, as his choice for commissioner of the Georgia Department of Economic Development.
Cummiskey would replace Heidi Green, a deputy commissioner recently elevated to the top slot by Gov. Sonny Perdue.
“Chris brings both private and public sector experience to the table. He knows how the state must balance good public services – particularly education – with the need to maintain a strong business climate,” Deal said.
Cummiskey served Richardson, the former House speaker, as chief of staff. He was also state director for Isakson, the U.S. senator.
But the governor-elect threw out several signs that continuity with the Perdue Administration will mark his first days in office, issuing a list of department heads who will keep their jobs:
– Commissioner Greg Dozier, Department of Driver Services;
– Commissioner Mike Beatty, Department of Community Affairs;
– Vernon Keenan, director of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation;
– Steve Stancil, director of the Georgia Building Authority, State Property Commission and the Financing and Investment Commission;
– Todd Long, planning director of the Department of Transportation;
– [and] Commissioner Ron Jackson, Technical College System of Georgia.
- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider