ATLANTA, Ga. -- Gov. Nathan Deal on Thursday appointed former Georgia Department of Human Services Commissioner Robyn A. Crittenden to serve as secretary of state.
She will fill the vacancy created by the resignation of Brian Kemp, who resigned from the position Thursday morning. Crittenden took the oath of office 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."
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, Deal nominated Gerlda B. Hines, chief of staff and chief financial officer of DHS, to be the interim DHS commissioner, pending board approval.