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Gov. Sarah Huckabee Sanders’ deputy chief of staff, Kelly Eichler, is leaving the governor’s office for “new opportunities,” setting in motion a series of staff changes announced Monday.
Director of Legislative Affairs Jamie Barker will replace Eichler, joining Deputy Chief of Staff Judd Deere and Chief of Staff Gretchen Conger.
Eichler, who was among the staffers who joined Sanders when she came into office in January, was Gov. Asa Hutchinson’s policy director until 2017. Hutchinson appointed her to the University of Arkansas Board of Trustees, where she still serves.
It wasn’t clear where Eichler was going, and she didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment Monday.
“Kelly [Eichler] brought years of experience in Arkansas state government to our office and was instrumental to the passage of this year’s bold, transformational legislation, including Arkansas LEARNS, the Protect Act, two tax cuts, and more. We are sad to see her go but are excited for the new opportunities this next chapter in her career will bring,” Sanders said in a statement.“Jamie Barker was also a key player in this year’s legislative wins as my Director of Legislative Affairs and will continue to help us shake the broken status quo as Kelly’s replacement.”
Among the other changes:
• Selby Tucker, who serves as the governor’s policy adviser for budget, economic development and tax, will become the budget director.
• Chafer Stanley, who serves as the governor’s policy adviser on agriculture, energy, environment, and regulatory affairs, will become the governor’s legislative affairs and policy director.
• Jack Sisson, who serves as the governor’s policy director, will become the governor’s senior adviser for health care.
• Morgan Warbington, who serves as the governor’s policy adviser for education, will become the governor’s director of faith-based initiatives and special projects.
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