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Kemp names new state education leaders, including one from Cobb

Former Cobb County school board member Scott Sweeney was appointed April 29 by Gov. Brian Kemp to the Georgia Board of Education. AJC file photo
Former Cobb County school board member Scott Sweeney was appointed April 29 by Gov. Brian Kemp to the Georgia Board of Education. AJC file photo

A former Cobb County school board member will serve with two other new appointees on the Georgia Board of Education.

Gov. Brian Kemp’s office announced the appointment of Scott Sweeney to represent the 6th Congressional District on the state education board Monday. Sweeney, a businessman, is from East Cobb and represented the area during two four-year terms on the county school board. The Republican was defeated by a Democrat in his re-election bid last year, and replaces accountant Barbara Hampton on the state board.

Kemp also appointed retired Dougherty County Schools Superintendent David “Butch” Mosely to fill the open state board seat for the 2nd Congressional District. Mosely, who retired in 2017, led seven school districts and was named 1999 Superintendent of the Year by the Georgia Association of Education Leaders.

Jason Downey, a lawyer and former Macon-Bibb County school board member, was appointed to succeed Vann Parrott in the 8th Congressional District.

Kemp also named two new members of the Georgia Professional Standards Commission, the agency that credentials teachers: Coweta County Schools Superintendent Steven Barker and retired teacher Catherine Jones, now the executive director of the Butts County Chamber of Commerce.