Kemp is among the chorus of Republican officials who called for Beck to resign, saying the indictment "severely undermines your ability to fulfill your official obligations." But he doesn't have the power to force him out.
By voluntarily suspending himself, Beck will continue to draw his $120,000 salary and receive state benefits. He also retains a bargaining chip for potential negotiations with federal prosecutors.
The governor is likely searching for a woman or a minority to bring diversity to a slate of statewide Republican officials that is nearly all white and all men. The lone exception: Public Service Commissioner Tricia Pridemore.
Another potential reason for the delay: Whoever Kemp picks would have to commit to not only filling out the rest of the term but also presumably running for a full four-year term.