Nathan Deal names Chris Cummiskey to head economic development

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

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33 comments Add your comment


November 29th, 2010
5:56 pm

Removing Heidi Green is a Really Smart Move because she is definately NOT one of the brighter bulbs on the tree. Her elevation was an example of the Peter Principle run amok, tho certainly no surprise coming from the Perdue Administration. The Deal Administration is already starting to look really good!


November 29th, 2010
6:02 pm

dozier and jackson are top drawer! good on ya gov!

Yee Haw

November 29th, 2010
6:24 pm

Cuz nuthin’ fights dag blurn “change” like keepin’ all the same Good Ol’ Boys in charge. Forever. Y’all have fun in the 21st Century, now! We’ll stay right back here in the 19th. Ellie! Whar’s my shotgun? I’m fixin to git us a possum for supper! Ain’t nuthin left at the Piggly Wiggly since time done run off without us. Now light Daddy a cig’rett and do that thang I taught ya.


November 29th, 2010
6:25 pm

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Son of Mitch

November 29th, 2010
6:34 pm

So much for getting the state back on track after 8 years of Sonny! These guys are all Sonny”s good ole boys.


November 29th, 2010
6:41 pm

Well did you really expect anything different.


November 29th, 2010
6:46 pm

Time will tell???


November 29th, 2010
6:50 pm

Yee Haw…keep that ridicule up. It really helps Atlanta work with the rest of the state when people in this city make fun of everyone else as backward and stupid. Ridicule that is particularly un-funny only comes across as mean and elitist.

One Party Rule

November 29th, 2010
7:26 pm

One party rule! GOP runs about every single office in Georgia. We have no one else to blame now.

Last Man Standing

November 29th, 2010
7:34 pm

One Party Rule:

“One party rule! GOP runs about every single office in Georgia. ”

You are correct! If you want someone to blame for the “one party rule”, look no further than the democrat party. The democrat party, as so aptly stated today in the AJC, is now the party of blacks and Atlanta.

Henry in Savannah

November 29th, 2010
8:09 pm

What’s gonna happen with Bart Graham, the Revenue Commissioner? He has done an excellent job and should be retained. He is a real bulldog on collecting taxes.

the original and still the best John Galt

November 29th, 2010
8:20 pm

Henry, what are you smoking? Not only has Black Bart proven himself arrogant and incompetent while in office, but he tried to screw the Governor Elect. No way he stays, no matter how much daddy-in-law pays.


November 29th, 2010
8:22 pm

Sure does sound like the theme to “Dukes of Hazzard,”

Just [the] good old boys, never meanin’ no harm…
Beats all you never saw, been in trouble with the law
Since the day they was born.

Some of us gonna have to leave this state before it regresses back to 1860.


November 29th, 2010
8:33 pm

Take Atlanta out of Georgia and you have Mississippi; for those who hate on the City of Atlanta.

tom mitchell

November 29th, 2010
8:48 pm

Heidi Green has had her day at the public trough. She was such a suck-up to Sonny that Perdue appointed her husband to a $160K Judgeship in Cobb County, and now the taxpayers of Cobb are stuck with his sorry butt. Reuben Green has never been able to keep a steady job, and now he has finally reached the limits of his incompetence. Hopefully this will be remembered by Cobb voters when this incompetent stands for election.

Common Sense

November 29th, 2010
8:59 pm

Troy, don’t let the door hit you in the butt on the way out. Good riddance.


November 29th, 2010
10:15 pm

It gets worse every day.


November 29th, 2010
10:15 pm

Oh well. It’s obvious the Republicans of this state (or at least the majority of Republicans) don’t give a damn about the corruption. This just proves it. We had a shot to clean house with Karen Handel, but no, the far right had to have its way. Now we get four more years of “fill up my pockets” leadership from Perdue II. Good job idiots.

William M

November 29th, 2010
10:27 pm

The Georgian Republican and Nathan Deal economic plan. The objective is to increase foreign investment without increasing the number of foreigners. I hope the characters from Hee-Haw and Dukes of Hazard enjoy making Georgia the new Mississippi with your 15 percent unemployment for the next 10 years.

Get to work our virtous brain trust.


November 29th, 2010
11:17 pm

William M and other liberal whiners on hear, when all of you move out of the state we will not have a 15% unemployment rate, transportation problems or water problems. I hope Deal appoints the most hard core conservatives he can find, then you pantie waste liberals will leave the state and all our problems will go away. HA HA HA HA HA

William M

November 29th, 2010
11:52 pm

Td………You are so stuck on ignorance and labels …… can’t tell the differencce between liberals and good policy. I am happy your name is simply TD……you can’t forget that……go marry your cousin


November 30th, 2010
12:04 am

I know these forums don’t really represent the best of the citizenry, but my Lord, could we raise the bar a little bit here? You people are absolutely nuts (especially td and Last Man Standing).


November 30th, 2010
6:56 am

Beatty & Jackson are great public servants. Good for Georgia to have them staying on!

Last Man Standing Before a Urinal

November 30th, 2010
7:34 am

Last Man, only you could turn a 90 percent GOP control of state government into victimization. Yes, you feel victimized by Atlanta somehow. Why else, at the top of your control, would you even mention it? That’s like if the Falcons started talking about Patrino this week. Most people would say why even complain now about that when you are tops of the division?

Us vs Us

November 30th, 2010
8:50 am

@Last Man Standing – You’re a vile ignorant racist redneck. A poster boy for the TP Party.


November 30th, 2010
11:11 am

Deal replaces one incompetent with another. Heidi is a wacko lets hope she and her husband go back to DC.

No Dog in this Hunt

November 30th, 2010
1:52 pm

Graham did his job with honor and in the best interest of the state. Otherwise, Perdue would have canned him.

Deal may have an issue that Graham received a subpoena to testify before a federal grand jury, and that became public through an open records request. However, I assume Graham did nothing wrong, and that his testimony did no harm to Deal. Otherwise, one of them would be looking at a federal indictment.

Deal may put another person in, as is his privlege, but if it happens, Graham can leave the state proud of his service to it.


November 30th, 2010
10:42 pm

I wonder how long the hope scholarship will last since for one Deal has already publicly stated that he’s for reducing the scope of the scholarship and secondly he names an economic adviser who “knows how the state must balance good public services – particularly education”

the original and still the best John Galt

December 1st, 2010
8:10 am

No Dog, you obviously don’t know Black Bart. His combination of arrogance, ignorance, Fundamentalist religion, and Fundamentalist Republican fervor makes him unqualified to run a lemonade stand, much less a State agency. He has run the Revenue Department into the ground, but George “Sonny” Perdue has stood by Black Bart since he was willing to give George special tax breaks.

“If you could buy Bart for what he’s really worth and sell him for what he thinks he’s worth, you’d have it made.”


December 1st, 2010
8:37 am

Let’s hope Brian Owens at DOC stays.


December 1st, 2010
8:44 am

td and Last Man Standing are going to be members of the Royal Guard that witnesses and defends the utter destruction of civility in Georgia politics. Deal couldn’t find two more partisan crazies than those two. They are proud of the fact that a lying crook like Deal was elected over other obviously far better candidates in the Republican primary. They are giddy with pride that a scum bag like Deal will now be in a position to REALLY steal from their fellow Georgians. Heaven help Georgia and Heaven help them!!!

speak the truth

December 2nd, 2010
3:06 pm

No Dog and Henry have to be Bart in disguise because I know that no one other than Bart, his momma and Sonny can say anything good about the arrogant guy


December 2nd, 2010
10:21 pm

So this Cumm maggot, is he bankrupt and broke too?