2 weeks and 2 senior staffers depart BCA for key positions in Kay Ivey’s office

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Both the Business Council of Alabama and the Executive Office of Kay Ivey are experiencing relatively new leadership under the helms of Katie Britt and former Congressman Jo Bonner respectively. Britt joined the BCA in Dec. of last year and Bonner joined Ivey just a week earlier in Nov. though didn’t take his current role as Chief of Staff formally until Jan.

They both made it through their first legislative session marking it with big wins such as the passage of the Gas Tax and other critical economic development bills. Now that session is over, it makes sense changes to their teams would be inevitable as they both seek experienced and driven staff. 

To that end, today Kay Ivey announced that she has hired Nathan Lindsay as her new director of appointments. According to his LinkedIn account, Lindsay has worked for the BCA for 8 years. Prior to that he worked for Governor Bob Reily.

“Nathan brings to our team a wealth of knowledge that I know will serve the state well,” Governor Ivey said in a statement. “In addition to his expertise and insight, Nathan is a man of character. The men and women of my staff must have a strong work ethic, a depth of knowledge and a heart for public service. Nathan certainly embodies all of these characteristics.”

This is the second personnel notice in the month of June for Ivey’s office and the second senior staffer coming directly from the BCA.

On June 11th the governor announced that Leah Garner would be her new Communications Director. Garner took over for Daniel Sparkman, who’s wife currently works at the BCA. According to her LinkedIn Sparkman and Garner worked together in Governor Robert Bentley’s communications office. 

According to the release issued by Ivey’s office, Garner served as the Director of Governmental Affairs and Advocacy for the BCA before taking on the communications role. 

Ivey also highlighted Garner’s time as a middle school social studies teacher in Tuscaloosa. 

“Leah will be a strong addition to my Administration, and I am confident she will effectively lead the Communications Office,” Governor Ivey said. “From her time as a teacher to her wide range of experience in state government, Leah has a unique perspective and a true heart for service.”