This just in from the state Capitol confirms what was reported Friday:
Gov. Nathan Deal today tapped Sen. Jim Butterworth of Clarkesville to take on the role of adjutant general of Georgia. Butterworth will resign his Senate seat on Oct. 2, the day he takes command as leader of the National Guard.
Butterworth replaces Maj. Gen. Terry Nesbitt who is retiring after more than 40 years of service, including service in the 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) in Vietnam and chief of staff, Headquarters, Georgia Army National Guard and Deputy Commander of the 48th Infantry Brigade. ….
The Adjutant General of Georgia is responsible for more than 14,000 personnel in the Georgia Department of Defense, which includes the Georgia Army National Guard, the Georgia Air National Guard and the Georgia State Defense Force.
“B-1” Butterworth is a pilot for Delta Air Lines and a former reservist who flew B-1 Bombers with the Georgia Air National Guard.
The same note from Deal’s press office includes this:
Melvin Everson will succeed Gordon L. Joyner as director of the Georgia Commission on Equal Opportunity. Everson has served as director of the Governor’s Office of Workforce Development since January. A U.S. Army veteran and former Snellville city Council member, Everson was elected to the Georgia House of Representatives in 2005. He became the first African-American Republican to win a contested race since Reconstruction. Everson earned his bachelor’s degree in Criminology from Albany State University. Everson and his wife, Gerri, have one son and reside in Snellville.
Tricia Pridemore will replace Everson as director of the Governor’s Office of Workforce Development. Pridemore is a Marietta-based businesswoman with a background in technology companies. She serves on the Georgia World Congress Center Board of Governors, WellStar Hospitals Foundation Board, and the Republican Leadership for Georgia Board of Directors. She co-chaired Deal’s Inaugural Committee. Pridemore earned a bachelor’s degree from Kennesaw State University. She and her husband, Michael, are members of Mount Paran Church in Atlanta.
- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider