ATLANTA – Gov. Brian Kemp conducted swearing-in ceremonies for six executive appointees at the Georgia State Capitol on Monday.

“It is an honor to formally appoint these individuals to work in my administration. Together, we will focus on providing common-sense solutions to state government,” Kemp said. “These hard-working Georgians have the experience and integrity to ensure that our state keeps moving in the right direction.”

Rachel H. Davidson – Director, Office of the Child Advocate

Davidson previously served as the interim director and deputy director of the Office of the Child Advocate. Davidson holds years of experience working as a child welfare attorney in various capacities across Georgia. Davidson earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Florida, a master’s degree in Business Administration, and a law degree from Stetson University. She and her husband, Patrick, have two children and live in Dunwoody.

Allen Poole — Director, Governor’s Office of Highway Safety

Poole most recently served as the Chairman of the Haralson County Board of Commissioners. He is the former chairman of the Association County Commissioners of Georgia, a former Georgia state trooper, and a small businessman. Poole is a native of Haralson County, where he resides with his wife, Mandy, and son, Blake.

Tom C. Rawlings, Division Director – Division of Family and Children Services

Rawlings previously served as interim director of the Division of Family and Children Services, which supports the efforts of more than 8,000 employees who protect Georgia’s most vulnerable children and assist the state’s struggling families. An honors graduate of both Duke University and the University of Georgia School of Law, he earned his master’s degree from Oxford University with distinction in International Human Rights Law. He and his wife, Kay, have three sons and live in Atlanta.

Vic Reynolds – Director, Georgia Bureau of Investigation

A former police officer, chief magistrate judge, prosecutor, and criminal defense attorney, Reynolds was elected district attorney for Cobb County in 2012. A native of Rome, he is married to his wife of more than 30 years, Holly. The couple has two daughters.

Kirk Shook — Director, Georgia Nonpublic Postsecondary Education Commission

Shook is a Georgia educator with more than a decade of experience in the classroom. In 2014, he was chosen by the State Board of Education to work on the Statewide Social Studies Resource Committee. In 2015, he served as a member of the Working Committee that revised the state academic standards in Economics. Shook was one of three finalists for Georgia Economics Teacher of the Year in 2016. Shook and his wife, Miriam, live in Athens.

Timothy C. Ward – Commissioner, Georgia Department of Corrections

Ward previously served as the interim commissioner and chief of staff for the Georgia Department of Corrections. Ward holds a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from Savannah State University and a master’s degree in Public Administration from Columbus State University. Ward currently serves on the Georgia Peace Officer Standards and Training Council as one of 28 commissioners nationally on the American Correctional Association for the Commission on Accreditation for Corrections. Ward and his wife have three children. He is a native of Dawson and resides in Milledgeville.

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