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McDonnell will keep Brown as finance secretary

Rosalind Helderman

Gov.-elect Bob McDonnell will announce that Ric Brown, who has been serving as secretary of finance under Democratic Gov. Tim Kaine, will remain in the job after he takes office Jan. 16, a source close to the transition says.

The announcement will come at McDonnell's news conference this morning and will provide continuity during a difficult budgeting year. Brown has served both Democrats and Republicans and is widely respected by legislators and policy experts.

McDonnell also will name Chief Deputy Attorney General Martin Kent as his chief of staff. Chief deputy attorney general Marla Decker will become public safety secretary.

No surprises here, but McDonnell also will formally elevate Eric Finkbeiner, who has been serving as policy director of the transition, to hold that same role in his administration. And Tucker Martin, McDonnell's longtime spokesman, will be named communications director.

By Rosalind Helderman  |  December 3, 2009; 11:10 AM ET
Categories:  Robert F. McDonnell , Rosalind Helderman  
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