Who is Robyn Crit­ten­den?

Ge­or­gia’s new sec­re­tary of state was ap­pointed Thurs­day by gover­nor


Ge­or­gia’s in­terim sec­re­tary of state, Robyn Crit­ten­den, is an at­tor­ney who for three years has led the Ge­or­gia Depart­ment of Hu­man Ser­vices, the largest agency in state gov­ern­ment.

Crit­ten­den was ap­pointed by Gov. Nathan Deal on Thurs­day af­ter Sec­re­tary of State Brian Kemp re­signed, say­ing he needed to prepare to be­come gover­nor. In­com­plete elec­tion re­sults showed Kemp, a Repub­li­can, held the lead over Demo­crat Stacey Abrams.

Crit­ten­den is a long­time ally with Deal, serv­ing with first lady San­dra Deal as co-chair­woman of the Older Adults Cabi­net and work­ing to com­bat hunger among se­nior cit­i­zens.

She also has an ex­ten­sive re­sume in gov­ern­ment.

She has served as gen­eral coun­sel at Morehouse Col­lege, chief op­er­at­ing of­fi­cer for the Ge­or­gia Stu­dent Fi­nance Com­mis­sion, as­sis­tant vice chan­cel­lor for le­gal af­fairs for the Board of Re­gents of the Univer­sity Sys­tem of Ge­or­gia and as­sis­tant county at­tor­ney in DeKalb County.

As com­mis­sioner for the Depart­ment of Hu­man Ser­vices since July 2015, she has over­seen 9,400 em­ploy­ees and a $1.9 bil­lion an­nual bud­get. The agency pro­vides child sup­port ser­vices, ag­ing ser­vices, and fam­ily and chil­dren ser­vices.

She over­saw sub­stan­tial changes in tech­nol­ogy at the depart­ment, ac­cord­ing to her bio. They in­clude the cre­ation of Ge­or­gia Gate­way, a web­site that helps peo­ple get pub­lic as­sis­tance in Ge­or­gia, and the Child Sup­port Mo­bile App, which al­lows par­ents to per­form case ac­tions on their phones.

As Ge­or­gia’s 23rd sec­re­tary of state, Crit­ten­den will be re­spon­si­ble for cer­ti­fy­ing the re­sults of Tues­day’s elec­tion Nov. 19. She’ll also man­age busi­ness regis­tra­tions and pro­fes­sional li­cens­ing.

She’ll serve in that of­fice only for a cou­ple of months.

A runoff elec­tion Dec. 4 be­tween Repub­li­can Brad Raf­fensperger and Demo­crat John Bar­row will de­cide who wins a four-year term as sec­re­tary of state.

Robyn Crit­ten­den

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