Posted: 5:55 p.m. Friday, Nov. 2, 2012
By James Salzer,Aaron Gould Sheinin
Other appointments under Deal
Debbie Dlugolenski Alford, to head the lottery. Deal’s chief budget staffer was his choice for the lottery post. The Georgia Lottery Board hired her. She’s the first state lottery director without experience running a lottery
David Cook, to head the Department of Community Health. A longtime lobbyist for state doctors, he was Deal’s chief of staff during the 1990s while he served in the state Senate and Congress.
Chris Cummiskey, to head the Department of Economic Development. He was a lobbyist for the University of Georgia and a former aide to U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson and House Speaker Glenn Richardson.
Rep. Hank Huckaby, to head the University System. He was one of the governor’s state House floor leaders. Huckaby was a former state budget director and university administrator before being elected to the General Assembly. He was the first in-state chancellor to be hired by the Board of Regents in more than two decades.
Sen. Jim Butterworth, adjutant general of the Georgia National Guard. He was another of Deal’s floor leaders and a former captain in the Air Guard. Deal jumped him several ranks to three-star general.
Sen. Mitch Seabaugh, named deputy state treasurer. His appointment came about a month after he successfully led the Senate’s Republican-run political redistricting effort.
Toby Carr, the state’s new transportation planning director. The political and transportation policy adviser replaced a career engineer and transportation planner.