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Brewer makes changes to staff

PHOENIX - Gov. Jan Brewer announced several changes to her staff Friday. Scott Hunt, acting State Forester, has now been appointed to the position.

Hunt has served the Arizona State Forestry Division for more than 33 years. He holds a bachelor's degree in Forestry Science from Northern Arizona University.

Leisa Brug was named as the director of the Arizona Commerce Authority's Energy Office and will serve as an advisor to Brewer on energy matters. Brug recently relocated from California where she had served since 2004 as the chief of staff for California Assemblyman Chuck De Vore's office.

Thomas Adkins, who served as a legislative liaison for the Arizona Department of Homeland Security, will now serve as a policy advisor to Brewer. Adkins served on the staff of the Arizona House of Representatives.

Matthew Hanson was appointed the new director of the Governor's Office of Economic Recovery.

He had been serving as the department's assistant director of programs and performance. According to the governor's office, Hanson helped coordinate the implementation of more than $6 billion worth of federal stimulus grants in his previous position.

Prior to moving to Arizona; Hanson was the director of the Grants Policy Office at the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs in Washington, D.C.

James Apperson, the former director of the GOER, accepted the position of assistant director of the Arizona Department of Economic Security. Apperson also served as deputy chief of staff for the Governor's Budget and Finance Office, as well as the director of the Office of Strategic Planning and Budgeting. He has also served as president and CEO of the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the Arizona Corporation Commission and the Arizona House of Representatives.

Aaron Sandeen, the deputy director at GOER, will now serve as the deputy director for the Government Information Technology Agency. According to the governor's office, Sandeen implemented a system to track more than $3 billion of stimulus money coming into the state and coordinated the reporting for the money from 20 different state agencies and the three universities. Prior to joining the governor's office, he was employed by UnitedHealth Group, Syntellect, Microsoft and Intel.

Victor Daniels, the governor's policy advisor for Urban and Military Affairs, announced he is leaving the office and has accepted a position as a program manager in the Private/Public Partnership Office at the Arizona Department of Transportation.