Nathan Deal promotes a new round of allies in another statehouse shakeup

Attorney General Sam Olens and Gov. Nathan Deal. Curtis Compton ccompton@ajc.com

Attorney General Sam Olens and Gov. Nathan Deal. Curtis Compton ccompton@ajc.com

A day after Gov. Nathan Deal tapped Chris Carr as Georgia’s new Attorney General, more dominoes fell at the statehouse.

The governor endorsed Carr’s top deputy, Pat Wilson, to become the new head of the state’s economic development arm. And he selected David Werner, his chief operating officer, to replace Wilson as the economic development department’s COO.

Our AJC colleague Scott Trubey has more on Wilson’s promotion here.

More: How Gov. Deal is using a spate of openings to reshape Georgia government

Two other longtime Deal allies also got promotions, as the governor continues to stock his administration with a gaggle of young conservatives.

The governor nominated Shawn Ryan to head the Georgia Student Finance Commission. Ryan is a former spokesman for the Department of Public Health who now heads the Georgia Integrated Eligibility System, which Deal’s office calls the largest IT project in Georgia history. Ryan is married to another top Deal aide, communications chief Jen Talaber Ryan. He’ll replace Tricia Chastain, who is now a University System of Georgia vice chancellor.

The fourth job change involves Sean Casey, a deputy commissioner at the Department of Administrative Services, who is set to lead the state’s Vocational Rehabilitation Agency. Casey has worked for Deal for six years, first as a director at the Office of Planning and Budget and later as Deal’s deputy chief operating officer.

More: Why Gov. Deal tapped Chris Carr to AG job

 

 

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Robert Crowl
Robert Crowl

it will be a sad day if they chose hillary clinton

Linda DeFurio
Linda DeFurio

Deal should be impeached, period. He is not fit to be governor of our state. He supports trump. Trump is the epitome of hypocrisy in America. Constantly critical of the way so many of us live our lives - African Americans, Latinos, LGBT, Muslims, just to name a few.... but it's ok for them to have vile, gutter language conversations on a bus that objectify women - that because you are a wealthy celebrity it's ok to sexually assault a woman. It's just so NOT ok. How the Republican Party could still allow this scumbag to even run is beyond me. Every week it's another scandal with this man. This SHOULD NOT BE ACCEPTABLE TO ANY AMERICAN.

Michael R Williams
Michael R Williams

Good old boy network at it's best. Appoint the sycophants who will work for YOU instead of the people they are paid to serve

Randy Lillquist
Randy Lillquist

So let me get this straight Carrin will be the new attorney general and he's never served a single case is this correct?

Charles Moss
Charles Moss

The same old do nothings being shuffled from one government position after another. The good old boy network in action. That's why there is no progress in Ga.

Monte Poitevint
Monte Poitevint

I trust RINO Deal none whatsoever. But I also trust nothing that's reported by this Blue state commie rag.

Luanne West
Luanne West

Good ole boy back scratching \U0001f621. Move over boys, Madame President is coming! \U0001f44d\U0001f3fc\U0001f44d\U0001f3fc\U0001f44d\U0001f3fc