Governor Tate Reeves replaces senior executives after turnover

Gov. Tate Reeves announced staff changes Thursday, including a temporary chief of staff to replace Brad White, who was recently appointed director of the Mississippi Department of Transportation.

Reeves has lost at least four senior executives since becoming governor in January 2020: White, the chief of staff; Parker Briden, a carryover from the 2019 campaign of Reeves who served as deputy chief of staff from 2020; Kenny Ellis, a longtime Reeves member who served as the governor’s senior policy director; and Renae Eze, another carryover from the 2019 campaign who served as Reeves’ communications director.

Reeves has also lost several lower-level political staff since taking office in 2020.

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Liz Welch, currently director of the Department of Finance and State Administration, will temporarily assume White’s duties, Reeves said in a press release Thursday. A spokeswoman for the DFA said Welch would continue to serve as the agency’s full-time director. Welch was the former secretary of the Senate when Reeves was lieutenant governor and presided over that chamber, and she was Reeves’ deputy when he was state treasurer.

David Maron, who was Reeves’ chief legal advisor, will be the deputy chief of staff and chief legal advisor.

Anne Hall Brashier will serve as Deputy Chief of Staff for Political and Legislative Affairs. Brashier, who previously worked for U.S. Senator Thad Cochran, U.S. Representative Trent Kelly and Senator Thom Tillis from North Carolina, joined Reeves’ staff as deputy director of policy when he was elected governor in 2019.

Cory Custer will serve as deputy chief of staff for external affairs, the statement from Reeves said. Custer is a former person appointed by the Trump administration as deputy public affairs commissioner for US Customs and Border Protection.

“I have no doubts that each of these individuals has the skills and the passion to continue to implement my growth agenda for businesses, jobs and economic growth,” said Reeves.

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Govt. Tate Reeves Replaces Senior Executives After Rollover

Govt. Tate Reeves on Thursday announced staff changes, including a temporary chief of staff to replace Brad White, who was recently appointed director of the Mississippi Department of Transportation.

Reeves has lost at least four senior executives since becoming governor in January 2020: White, the chief of staff; Parker Briden, a carryover from the 2019 campaign of Reeves who served as deputy chief of staff from 2020; Kenny Ellis, a longtime member of Reeves who served as the governor’s senior policy director; and Renae Eze, another carryover from the 2019 campaign who served as Reeves’ communications director.

Reeves has also lost several lower-level political staff since taking office in 2020.

READ MORE : Govt. Reeves’ chief of staff, former GOP chairman Brad White hired as MDOT director

Liz Welch, currently director of the Department of Finance and State Administration, will take over White’s duties temporarily, Reeves said in a press release Thursday. A spokeswoman for the DFA said Welch would continue to serve as the agency’s full-time director. Welch was the former secretary of the Senate when Reeves was lieutenant governor and presided over that chamber, and she was Reeves’ deputy when he was state treasurer.

David Maron, who served as Reeves’ chief legal advisor, will serve as deputy chief of staff and chief legal advisor.

Anne Hall Brashier will serve as Deputy Chief of Staff for Political and Legislative Affairs. Brashier, who previously worked for U.S. Senator Thad Cochran, U.S. Representative Trent Kelly and Senator Thom Tillis from North Carolina, joined Reeves’ staff as deputy director of policy when he was elected governor in 2019.

Cory Custer will serve as deputy chief of staff for external affairs, the statement from Reeves said. Custer is a former member of the Trump administration who served as Deputy Commissioner of Public Affairs at US Customs and Border Protection.

“I am confident that each of these individuals has the skills and passion to continue to implement my pro-business, pro-jobs, pro-economic growth agenda,” said Reeves.

READ MORE : Will Gunn comply? Speaker highlighting Governor Tate Reeves’ 2023 challenge

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