Gov. Deal rewards loyalty with sweeping staff overhaul

Gov. Nathan Deal’s sweeping staffing overhaul offers a glimpse of how he’ll conduct his next four years in office.

Fresh off his re-election victory, the Republican has stocked his second-term administration with some of his closest allies. He stuck with a few choice holdovers despite intense scrutiny. And he’s sought to tamp down other controversies with new assignments.

The governor and his supporters say he rewards loyal supporters with choice positions because he trusts them. But the appointments ignited fresh accusations from critics who have accused him of cronyism and politicizing the highest reaches of governance.

Deal’s staff shake-up is a broad overhaul of state government that involves 15 new appointments and two retirements. The Georgia National Guard, the Department of Community Affairs, the state’s emergency management agency and the technical college system are all getting new leaders. So is Georgia’s tax agency.

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