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McDonnell to announce Bolling, Sledd to head economic team

Anita Kumar

Gov.-elect Bob McDonnell will announce tomorrow morning that Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling will take on a newly created, high-ranking role as Chief Jobs Creation Officer, Republican sources tell us.

The move is not surprising considering McDonnell and Bolling, both Republicans, ran as a team during the campaign, and McDonnell vowed to make Bolling his administration's jobs leader if they won, though he never exlained what form that would take. Now we hear that Bolling's job will come with a new title, duties and office.

McDonnell also will announce that respected businessman Robert Sledd will serve as Secretary of Commerce and Trade, Republican sources say. Sledd, of Richmond, was formerly a top-ranking executive with Peformance Food Group, a food distribution company. (He has donated more than $100,000 to Virginia politicians in the last dozen years, including McDonnell, Bolling, other Republicans and a handful of Democrats, according to the Virginia Public Access Project, which tracks money in politics.)

McDonnell, who has scheduled an 11 a.m. press conference on Capitol Square tomorrow, will also announce that longtime aide Janet Polarek, who served as his campaign manager in 2005, will become Secretary of the Commonwealth -- a decision that has been widely expected for weeks.

Polarek was chief operations officer in McDonnell's gubernatorial campaign and is serving as deputy director of personnel and administration during the transition. The main function of the Secretary of the Commonwealth's office is to help the governor appoint more than 4,000 Virginians to serve on boards and commissions.

By Anita Kumar  |  December 9, 2009; 11:03 PM ET
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , 2009 Lieutenant Governor's Race , Anita Kumar , Bill Bolling , Election 2009 , Robert F. McDonnell  
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Comments

Yeah there are lot of jobs in Health care Admin find a local school to get your degree in few months check http://bit.ly/8FBySg

Posted by: juliemarty10 | December 10, 2009 1:06 AM | Report abuse

Another high-level government job created by "smaller, limited government" McDonnell.
And so it begins.

Posted by: jckdoors | December 10, 2009 10:34 AM | Report abuse

Ms. Kumar, you may want to spell-check your article before posting. Mis-spelled words really hurt one's credibility!

Posted by: VirginiaPerson1 | December 10, 2009 11:13 AM | Report abuse

jckdoors -- Bolling will serve in these new capacities without additional compensation. Basically, McDonnell is putting the largely ceremonial post of LG to good use, so it is advancing smaller, limited government.

Posted by: JTR555 | December 10, 2009 11:25 AM | Report abuse

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