Snyder Names More Members to Senior Staff

By: Jamie Edmonds Email
By: Jamie Edmonds Email

"We're continuing a trend of getting top flight people," Governor-Elect Rick Snyder said Monday.

Snyder rounded out his senior staff Monday naming Dennis Muchmore his chief of staff.

"He has a lot of experience in the private and public sector," Snyder said.

Muchmore is well-known. He was previously the VP of the Michigan Chamber of Commerce and the founder of a governmental affairs firm - Muchmore Harrington Smalley and Associates - which he said he has no affiliation to now.

"We're going to reinvent Michigan, and provide customer service to its residents," Muchmore said. "That's my job and I will try to make it work coming out of the executive office."

Snyder also named the former spokesperson for the Department of Community Health -- Geralyn Lasher -- as his director of communications.

Michael Gadola will be the Legal Affairs Director.

All three have significant experience with state government, and in his campaign at least, Snyder had said he wanted to get away from the 'Lansing establishment.'

"I always said it would be a good balance," Snyder answered. "I said from the start I was looking for key issues, and key attributes from people who are impassioned about reinventing Michigan."

On top of the list for the administration: trying to sell a multi-year budget to the legislature.

"Budgeting has been the biggest sticking point over the last decade," Lt. Governor-elect Brian Calley said. "We believe a best practice 2-3 year budgeting process will be positive for this state."

Snyder has met with the caucus' from both chambers, he said first it's about building relationships with lawmakers.

Snyder still must appoint department heads. But this week, he is attending the Republican Governors Association, and the National Governor Association conferences.

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