Posted by Phil Riggan – email
RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Virginia Governor-elect Bob McDonnell announced the first appointments in his incoming gubernatorial administration today during a late morning press conference at the State Capitol.
McDonnell named two longtime senior staff members in the Office of the Attorney General, Martin Kent and Marla Decker, to serve as his Chief of Staff and Secretary of Public Safety, respectively.
He announced that he would reappoint the Commonwealth's current Secretary of Finance, Ric Brown, to the same position. McDonnell named Eric Finkbeiner, who previously served under Governors Doug Wilder and George Allen, as Senior Advisor for Policy, a cabinet level position in the McDonnell Administration. Rounding out the initial round of appointments, McDonnell announced Tucker Martin as Director of Communications.
Speaking about incoming Chief of Staff Martin Kent, McDonnell remarked, "I have known and worked closely with Martin Kent for the past few years. He is dedicated, diligent and tireless. He has a comprehensive understanding of state government, an understanding matched by very few. As my Chief Counsel in the Office of the Attorney General, and most recently as Chief Deputy Attorney General of Virginia under current Attorney General Bill Mims, Martin has earned his deserved reputation as a trusted and respected public servant who values good government and sound policy. I thank Martin for being willing to take on this critically important responsibility."