McDonnell announces appointments

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Gov.-elect Bob McDonnell has begun announcing appointments to his administration, naming Chief Deputy Attorney General Martin Kent as his chief of staff.

“There are few people who know state government as well as Martin Kent,” McDonnell said during a news conference Thursday.

Kent served as chief counsel to McDonnell in the Attorney General’s Office until he left office to run for governor.

McDonnell also appointed Marla Decker to become the Secretary of Public Safety. Decker has worked in the attorney general’s office for almost 26 years and was McDonnell’s deputy attorney general for public safety.

Decker said it was a tough decision to leave the attorney general’s office, but called the appointment “an opportunity of a lifetime.”

McDonnell also announced he would add a new position to the gubernatorial cabinet. He appointed Eric Finkbeiner, a McGuireWoods attorney who served in the George Allen and Doug Wilder administrations, as senior adviser for policy.

“Working for a policy-wonk governor like Bob McDonnell is a dream come true.” Finkbeiner said.

McDonnell also announced that Ric Brown would remain secretary of finance for the time being, noting the tough current economic times. “It’s a time that requires steady, ongoing leadership.”

Tucker Martin, who served as director of communications for McDonnell’s campaign, will keep the title for McDonnell’s gubernatorial administration. 

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