This news release is from the previous Governor's administration.
For Immediate Release: May 13, 2016
Contacts: Secretary of the Commonwealth's Office: Denise Burch,

Governor McAuliffe Announces Administration Appointments


RICHMOND – Governor Terry McAuliffe announced additional appointments to his Administration today. The appointees will join McAuliffe’s Administration focused on finding common ground with members of both parties on issues that will build a new Virginia economy and create more jobs across the Commonwealth.

Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security

Curtis Brown, Deputy Secretary

Curtis Brown most recently served as the Chief Deputy State Coordinator at the Virginia Department of Emergency Management. He has homeland security and emergency management policy experience at the federal, state, and local levels. Previously, Curtis served as Regional Emergency Management Administrator for the Hampton Roads Planning District Commission, professional staff on the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Homeland Security, and Senior Special Assistant to the Governor in the Office of Commonwealth Preparedness. Curtis received a Bachelor of Science in Political Science from Radford University, Master of Public Administration from Virginia Tech, and Master of Arts in Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness from Virginia Commonwealth University.  He is a graduate of the Virginia Executive Institute, Commonwealth Management Institute, and FEMA’s Emergency Management Executive Academy.


Secretariat of the Commonwealth
Board Appointments

Board for Hearing Aid Specialists and Opticians

  • Melissa Gill of Lynchburg, Licensed Optician, Walmart Vision Center


Board of Commissioners of the Vint Hill Economic Development Authority

  • James W. Mills, Lt Col USAF (Ret.) of Warrenton, Program Manager, Department of Defense


Board of Visitors to Mount Vernon

  • Conover Hunt of Hampton, nationally known public historian and author
  • Andrew M. Smith of Alexandria, Vice President, McGuireWoods Consulting


Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority

  • Bill Sudow of McLean, Founding Partner, Sudow Kohlhagen LLP
  • The Honorable J. Walter Tejada of Arlington, Consultant, Tejada Consulting Services; former member, Arlington County Board of Supervisors