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Deal Names Economic Dev Commissioner
Monday, 29 November 2010

November 29--  Gov.-elect Nathan Deal announced today that he will present Chris Cummiskey as his choice for commissioner of the Georgia Department of Economic Development, and he'll reappoint the leaders of numerous Georgia departments.


The governor-elect will present his choice to the department's board, which will have the final say on the appointment.


"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. "I've said throughout Georgia that I'll serve as the state's chief salesman as governor. That's the vision and talent that Chris will bring to this position. We have an excellent product to sell; Chris is the partner I need to bring industry and jobs to our state and kickstart our economic growth - my No. 1 priority as governor of Georgia."


Cummiskey joined the University of Georgia as the Director of State Relations in 2008.  In this role he represents the university in matters with state government offices and is the primary liaison with state officials.


Prior to joining the university, Cummiskey served as the chief of staff for Georgia House Speaker Glenn Richardson.  In that position, he oversaw House research and communications staff as well as all administrative staff. 


Previously, he was the state director for U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson for three years. As the state director, he worked with the Georgia General Assembly, the governor's office, local officials and Georgia businesses on matters relating to the federal government.  


After graduating from UGA, Cummiskey worked for eight years with energy companies in Georgia, California and Texas managing their energy trading desks. 


Cummiskey and his wife Rebecca live in Sandy Springs.


Reappointed commissioners


"Georgia is fortunate to have many leaders throughout state government who have records of excellence and a commitment to excellent customer service for the taxpayers of this state," Deal said. "Today's announcement shows my commitment to a smooth transition on Jan. 10 so that our state government will  go through this time of change with no disruptions. My transition team and I are still in the process of reviewing numerous departments and agencies, but we're taking a big step forward today by maintaining these outstanding professionals."


Staying on under the Deal administration will be:


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

Commissioner Ron Jackson, Technical College System of Georgia

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