Orange County Mayor-Elect Jerry Demings has reached back to the city Orlando for a second top lieutenant with the announcement of Orlando Utilities Commission Roseann Harrington to be his chief of staff.

Demings begins his administration Tuesday with a late-morning swearing in.

Harrington, who oversaw marketing, communications and community relations at OUC, will oversee policy and a be the behind-the-scenes director of administration from the mayor’s office, succeeding former Mayor Teresa Jacobs‘ Chief of Staff Graciela Noriega Jacoby, who left two weeks ago to be chief operating officer for the Heart of Florida United Way, after serving as Jacobs’ chief of staff for eight years.

Demings also announced that Carol Burkett, who has served as director of Orange County’s Drug Free Coalition, will be deputy chief of staff.

On Friday Byron Brooks was named as Demings‘ pick to be Orange County administrator. He’ll be succeeding Ajit Lalchandani, who has been Orange County administrator for 20 years. Lalchandani is retiring in January. Brooks is leaving a similar post at Orlando, where he was the city’s chief administrative officer under Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer for 13 years.

On Friday Jeff Williamson also was revealed as Demings pick for Orange County communications manager. He served under Demings at the Orange County Sheriff’s Office, as public information officer.

“I am pleased to make these key staff member appointments and have the utmost confidence in this dynamic team’s abilities,” Demings stated in a news release issued by the Orange County Mayor’s Office. “All of these talented individuals are outstanding veterans of prior public service and will be an asset to the leadership of Orange County Government and to the more than 1.3 million residents of Orange County who we serve.”

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