Jay Dardenne has started putting together his team for when he takes over as commissioner of administration for incoming Governor-elect John Bel Edwards.
Barbara Goodson, deputy commissioner for finance and administration at the Board of Regents, will become Lt. Gov. Dardenne’s chief assistant as deputy commissioner of administration. She held the post from 2008 to 2010.
Dardenne also tapped Monday three assistant commissioners: Desireé Honoré Thomas as assistant commissioner of statewide services, and Randy Davis as assistant commissioner of policy and personnel – both are in the lieutenant governor’s office – as well as Mark Moses, who will also remain as head of the Office of Facility Planning and Control, a post he has held for the past two years.
Richard L. McGimsey, who is director of the Civil Division in Attorney General’s Office, will move across the street to serve as executive counsel for the Division of Administration.
“All of these appointees are outstanding and reputable public servants with expertise and experience that will help this administration address the severe budget challenges we must confront immediately,” Dardenne said in a press release announcing his selections.
The commissioner of administration acts as the governor’s chief budget architect and the division oversees the management of state finances and financial operations.