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Maginnis: Jindal Admin. shakeup: Rainwater to be Chief of Staff, Nichols moves up

RainwaterSmallUPDATE: Jindal picks Rainwater to replace Waguespack and elevates Kristy Nichols 3:51pm

According to John Maginnis there has been a shakeup of sorts in the Bobby Jindal administration. 

 

Maginis reports that Stephen Waguespack is resigning as chief of staff and is being replaced by current Commissioner of Administration Paul Rainwater. 

Maginnis also reports that Rainwater will be replaced by Kristy Nichols who has been serving as deputy chief of staff. 

Waguespack had replaced Timmy Teepell who has moved on as a political consulting but who still gives consul to Jindal on political matters. 

According to Rainwater’s bio on the state site, Paul Rainwater previously had  served as Governor Bobby Jindal's Deputy Chief of Staff. Prior to that, he served as Executive Director of the Louisiana Recovery Authority. Previously, Rainwater served as legislative director and chief of operations for U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu. From June 2006 to January 2007, he served as director of hazard mitigation and intergovernmental affairs at the LRA, where he managed program policies, served as team leader and coordinated with state and federal agencies to set mitigation priorities. From July 2000 to June 2006, Rainwater served as the Chief Administrative Officer for the city of Lake Charles.

Rainwater also formerly served as manager of governmental affairs for Conoco, Inc., Gulf Coast Business Unit in Baton Rouge from 1998 to July 2000; as manager of public affairs for ARCO Chemical in Lake Charles from 1995 to May 1998; and as administrative aide to the Calcasieu Parish Police Jury in Lake Charles from 1988 to 1996. 

“According to Nichols took over the then-named Department of Social Services after its response to Hurricane Gustav was found lacking, wrote Maginnis. “As deputy chief last year, she led the governor’s push to overhaul the state retirement plans, which mostly fell short in the Legislature.”

The governor's office had not responded to a request by Maginnis and has not responded to Bayoubuzz. 

(Photo: Paul Rainwater)

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