Brian Kemp announced on Thursday that for the first time, Black women will lead the state’s revenue and technology agencies.

Robyn Crittenden will be the new state revenue commissioner, replacing David Curry, who resigned to run for Congress, according to Kemp. Frank O’Connell has been serving as interim commissioner for the last few weeks. 

Crittenden is the first African American to lead the Georgia Revenue Department. Crittenden previously served as commissioner for a number of social services programmes in the Georgia Department of Human Services; after Kemp resigned as governor after winning the election in November 2018, she briefly served as secretary of State. She was also the Georgia Student Finance Commission’s Chief Operating Officer.

Thomas Shawnzia will be the new Executive Director of the Georgia Technology Authority and Chief Information Officer. She was the Managing Director of the Georgia Equal Opportunity Commission and the Head of The Georgia Secretary of State Corporations before becoming the DHS’s assistant deputy commissioner. She was the first African-American woman to be appointed CEO.

Kemp appoints first Black women to lead Georgia revenue, technology agencies
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According to Mr Kemp, Jessica Simmons will become the Technology Authority’s deputy head of information for broadband and special projects. She worked for the Revenue Department’s Legal Affairs and Tax Policy Division as a Deputy Commissioner. Simmons will keep an eye on the progress of broadband and other infrastructure projects.

On Thursday, Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp appointed two Black women to lead the state’s revenue and technology agencies, making them the first Black women in state history.

Robyn Crittenden will take over on July 1

Kemp appoints first Black women to lead Georgia revenue, technology agencies
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Robyn Crittenden will take over as Commissioner of the State Revenue Department on July 1. She will succeed Interim Commissioner Frank O’Connell, who took over this month after David Curry resigned.

Crittenden has served in the state legislature for a number of years. She is currently the Commissioner of the Georgia Human Services Department, and she served as Interim State Secretary for a few weeks in 2018 following the resignation of former Governor Kemp.

Kemp appoints first Black women to lead Georgia revenue, technology agencies
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Kemp also appointed Shawnzia Thomas as Executive Director of the Georgia Technology Authority, following a vote by the GTA Board on Thursday that made her the new Head of Informations. Thomas will take office on July 1st, after beginning his transition next week.

Calvin Rhodes, who led the technological authority in the previous decade, will be succeeded by her.

On Thursday, Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp appointed two Black women to lead the state’s revenue and technology agencies, making them the first Black women in state history.

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