District 5 Commissioner Tim Fleming has been promoted to Chief of Staff for Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp.
The position places Fleming third in command in the office, which registers and tracks corporations, oversees elections and regulates several professions.
"I'm part of the agency's leadership team, and I'll be helping with a lot of (Kemp's) initiatives and special projects, handle all constituent affairs and legislative affairs and assist the deputy secretary," Fleming said.
The deputy secretary is slightly above the chief of staff in the department hierarchy, but both work directly with the secretary of state. Fleming was promoted July 1.
He previously served as assistant director in the secretary of state's election division, where he oversaw the division's personnel, wrote policy for the entire agency and worked on election reform and changes to the state's election code.
Fleming was Kemp's campaign manager during the 2010 election.