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Georgia governor's top lawyer takes off for Delta

Gov. Nathan Deal tapped a new executive counsel on Monday after his top attorney landed a new job leading the lobbying team for Delta Air Lines.

David Werner is jetting to the Atlanta-based airline after less than a year as the governor's executive counsel. He was previously the chief operating officer for Georgia’s economic development arm and also a former state chief operating officer.

He'll be succeeded by Carey Miller, who is now the deputy executive counsel and public safety policy adviser in the governor's office.

Werner is a long-time Deal deputy - the governor called him an "instrumental member of my administration" since 2010 - who was part of his inner circle. He was among a trio of staffers who took temporary leave from the state to join Deal’s campaign in 2014 and one of a dwindling number of the Republican's loyalists who have stayed in the office for most of the governor's 7-year stint.

Delta, meanwhile, has sought to beef up its presence in the Gold Dome since lawmakers in 2015 eliminated a tax credit that saved the airline about $23 million a year to help pay for transportation improvements.


Read more about Deal’s recent administration moves:

How Gov. Deal is using a spate of openings to reshape Georgia government

Deal appoints loyalist as attorney general

Another statehouse shakeup means new roles for Deal allies

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Greg Bluestein is a political reporter who covers the governor's office and state politics for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.