Brian Kemp announces new staff for new year

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp is making some staff changes for the new year, including a new Executive Counsel after the departure of David Dove later this month.

Dove is heading to the law firm Troutman Pepper after this month, where he will serve as a partner leading the firm’s regulatory and economic investment practice in Georgia.

“David Dove has been a valued and trusted member of the Kemp family and Team Kemp for many years,” Kemp said. “His service and contributions in that time have made our state stronger and more prosperous, and we’re grateful for his tireless support. Marty, the girls, and I wish him and his family success in this new chapter and look forward to his future achievements as we continue to work together for the people of Georgia.”

Kemp has tapped his current Chief Operating Officer, Kristyn Long, to replace Dove.

“Kristyn Long has been essential to our state’s successful response to the unprecedented challenges of the past few years, and Marty, the girls, and I are grateful for her willingness to continue serving as a part of my office’s senior leadership,” Kemp said.

“We are also excited to welcome Russell Crutchfield to our team as Chief Operating Officer and are grateful for the expertise he brings as he helps us keep state government efficient and effective.”

Crutchfield, current Chief of Staff, Chief External Affairs Officer and Associate Vice President for the University of West Georgia, will replace Long as COO, working alongside current Deputy COO Mark Smith to oversee state agency operations.

Other appointments include:

Ian Caraway as Director of Policy.

Caitlan Coleman as Deputy Director of Policy.

Jenna Schuckman as Policy Analyst in the Governor’s Office of Health Strategy.

Lauren Jafojo as Senior Assistant and Policy Aide.

Aimee Lawson as Administrative Assistant.

Caraway currently serves as Deputy Director of Policy and is being promoted. He previously served as Senate Liaison and Senior Policy Advisor, Policy Advisor and Local Government Liaison for the Governor’s Office. He also previously served as Deputy Campaign Manager for Kemp’s gubernatorial campaign.

Coleman is being promoted to Deputy Director of Policy from her current role as House Legislative Liaison and Senior Policy Advisor in Kemp’s Office. She previously served as Policy Advisor in Kemp’s Office and worked as Communications Manager and Political Director for the Georgia House Republican Caucus.

Schuckman will be new to Kemp’s administration, joining the team after a previous stint with Kemp, as well as with the University of West Georgia, the Georgia Association of REALTORS and in the Solicitor General’s Office of Douglasville.

Jafojo is being promoted from her role in the Governor’s Office of Health Strategy.

Lawson has nearly 20 years of experience in management, hospitality and client service. Most recently, she served as a vital records representative for Northside Hospital.



Janelle Irwin Taylor has been a professional journalist covering local news and politics in Tampa Bay since 2003. In early 2022, she left the business to serve as Communications Director for St. Petersburg Mayor Ken Welch. After leaving the administration, Janelle briefly worked as a communications consultant for candidates, businesses and non-profits, before accepting her position as Publisher for Southeast Politics, a homecoming of sorts to her Florida Politics roots, where she served as a reporter and editor for several years. Janelle has also held roles covering the intersection of politics and business for the Tampa Bay Business Journal and general assignment news with an emphasis on social justice and climate change for WMNF Community Radio, where she also hosted a political call-in show under several names, including Last Call, Midpoint and The Scoop. Janelle has a lust for politics and policy. When she’s not bringing you the day’s news, you might find Janelle enjoying nature with her husband, children and two dogs. You can reach Janelle at [email protected]


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