Lobbyists named as finalists for top job at campaign finance panel
By JIM WALLS
Two lobbyists are finalists for the top administrative job at the Georgia Campaign Finance Commission, the panel announced today.
The nominees are:
Holly LaBerge, director of government relations for the Georgia Public Defender Standards Council and a former analyst in the House Budget Office. She’s represented the council during the last three legislative sessions, winning extra funding for the cash-strapped agency each year, her resume notes. She says she’s also been responsible there for developing budgets, monitoring local public defenders’ spending and conducting investigations based on written complaints. She’s a 1997 graduate of Georgia State University and serves on the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council’s Crime Victims Compensation Board.
Jerry Presley, former city administrator in the Banks County town of Baldwin and a former planner for the Georgia Mountains Regional Commission. He also served as a lobbyist for the Council for Quality Growth, a pro-development advocacy group that pushed for voter approval of three constitutional amendments in 2008. His primary experience, he said, has been in community planning and economic development policy with a specialty in transportation issues. He’s a 1998 graduate of the University of Alabama and is studying for a master’s degree at Northeastern University in Boston.
Resumes and cover letters are here: