Governor Deal Appoints Robyn A. Crittenden as Secretary of State

Staff Report From Georgia CEO

Sunday, November 11th, 2018

Gov. Nathan Deal appointed former Georgia Department of Human Services Commissioner Robyn A. Crittenden to serve as secretary of state, filling the vacancy created by the resignation of Gov.-elect Brian Kemp. Crittenden took the oath of office this afternoon and will serve the remainder of Kemp’s term.
“Robyn’s experience as an attorney, public servant and agency head make her exceptionally qualified to fill the role of Georgia’s secretary of state,” said Deal. “She is a leader with brilliant intellect, high integrity, and a wide range of experience in public service. Robyn has been one of the most effective leaders within my administration and she is well-qualified to fill one of the most important jobs in state government. I appreciate her willingness to fill this role and I thank Gov.-elect Kemp for his leadership as secretary of state.”
Crittenden is the first African-American woman to serve as a statewide constitutional officer in Georgia history. In 2015, Deal appointed Crittenden to be DHS commissioner after she served as executive vice president and chief operating officer of the Georgia Student Finance Commission. Following Crittenden’s swearing-in ceremony today, Deal nominated Gerlda B. Hines, chief of staff and chief financial officer of DHS, to be the interim DHS commissioner, pending board approval.