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Lt. gov. chief of staff moves to Deals office
Governor announces Bart Gobeil as new deputy chief operating officer
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The following will continue in their current roles when Deal takes office:

Rob Braswell, commissioner, Georgia Department of Banking & Finance
Nancy Cobb, executive director of OneGeorgia Authority
Greg Griffin, state accounting officer
Kelly Henson, executive secretary of Professional Standards Commission
Susan Ridley, director of financing and investment of the Georgia State Financing and Investment Commission
Teya Ryan, president and executive director of Georgia Public Broadcasting


Gov.-elect Nathan Deal announced Tuesday he has tapped the lieutenant governor's chief of staff for a position in his administration.

Bart Gobeil will serve as Deal's deputy chief operating officer. He is currently Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle's chief of staff.

"The lieutenant governor, of course, is thrilled for Bart and is confident that he will do an excellent job as part of the Deal administration," said Cagle's spokesman Ben Fry. "He's been a tireless and integral part of the lieutenant governor's office, and now we're weighing our options on the best replacement."

The parting is friendly and a natural part of the transition process, Fry said. Officials hope the partnership will strengthen the bond between the governor and lieutenant governor offices.

Prior to joining Cagle's office, Gobeil was the director of government relations at AGL Resources, an Atlanta-based natural gas company.

He also served as the legislative liaison and public information officer for the Georgia Public Service Commission and spent time on the staff of the late U.S. Sen. Paul Coverdell.

Stephanie Mayfield was appointed Tuesday as Deal's press secretary. Mayfield is now serving as press secretary for the Deal Transition Team and will continue in that role once Deal takes office.

Before working on Deal's gubernatorial campaign, Mayfield worked for the Georgia delegation in Washington, including time with then- Rep. Deal, Sen. Saxby Chambliss and Rep. Tom Graves. She began her career in government with the Energy and Commerce Committee in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Deal also appointed David Cook as the commissioner for the Department of Community Health.

Cook has served as the executive director and CEO of the Medical Association of Georgia since 2001.

He established the Physician Institute for Excellence in Medicine and serves on its Board of Directors. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Physician Advocacy Institute, the American Medical Association's Advocacy Resource Center and the Georgia Medical Political Action Committee.

Cook has worked with Deal before, serving as his chief of staff in Congress from 1992 to 1995.

Times reporter Carolyn Crist contributed to this report





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