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DeWine's Cabinet, Senior Staff Looking Diverse So Far

Ervan Rodgers, Alisha Nelson, Ann O’Donnell, Laurel Dawson, Mary Mertz and Major General John Harris stand behind Gov.-elect Mike DeWine as he announces they are his choices for various cabinet and senior staff positions.
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(l-r) Ervan Rodgers, Alisha Nelson, Ann O’Donnell, Laurel Dawson, Mary Mertz and Major General John Harris stand behind Gov.-elect Mike DeWine as he announces they are his choices for various cabinet and senior staff positions. ";

Attorney General and incoming Republican governor Mike DeWine has announced more people he’s chosen to be members of his cabinet.

Major General John Harris is DeWine’s choice for Adjutant General of the Ohio Army National Guard, and DeWine’s first assistant AG Mary Mertz would be Director of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.

Others coming over from DeWine’s AG’s office are Alisha Nelson, who will lead the RecoveryOhio program he’ll create to fight the opioid crisis, and Ervan Rodgers, as the state’s chief information officer. His longest serving staff member Ann O’Donnell will be his chief advisor, and transition team chief of staff Laurel Dawson will stay on in that position.

So far, all of DeWine’s announced appointees have been women and/or people of color.

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