In an email to the heads of Georgia’s state agencies, Governor Nathan Deal’s Chief of Staff, Chris Riley, announced Friday that he and two other top staffers will take a leave of absence to work on the Governor’s reelection campaign.
“As you all know, I have had the opportunity to work for Gov. Nathan Deal for the past 22 years,” Riley wrote in the memo. “I have been involved in each of his campaigns since 1992, and there’s no way I’d miss the last campaign he will ever run.”
Deputy Chief of Staff of Communications, Brian Robinson and Deputy Chief of Staff of External Affairs, David Werner, will join Riley on the campaign.
The leave of absence will begin Aug. 16 and continue through Nov. 5, which is the day after the election.
Riley stressed that the Governor’s Office will continue to conduct business as normal.
“The governor’s staff boasts a deep bench of experience, and I’m confident the executive branch of government will continue to operate smoothly and efficiently over the next three months,” he wrote.
Deal was first elected Governor in 2010. Polls show he is in a neck and neck battle with Democratic State Senator Jason Carter, who is running against Deal.