November 8, 2018 10:29 AM
From a press release from Secretary of State’s office:
On the morning of November 8, 2018, Secretary of State Brian Kemp tendered his resignation – effective at 11:59 AM – to Governor Nathan Deal.
“We deeply appreciate Brian Kemp’s public service as Secretary of State. We will continue our work in this office on behalf of all Georgians. We are excited to welcome Robyn A. Crittenden to the agency to serve as our Secretary of State,” stated Lorri Smith, Assistant Deputy Secretary of State and Chief Operating Officer.
EDIT – Details added about Sec. Kemp’s replacement:
Gov. Nathan Deal today appointed former Georgia Department of Human Services (DHS) 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.