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Posted at 05:53 PM ET, 06/01/2011

Reynold to leave McDonnell’s administration

Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) is losing another key member of his policy office.

Mike Reynold, deputy director of policy who also served as executive director of the Governor’s Commission on Government Reform and Restructuring, will leave later this month. He will join McGuireWoods Consulting.

Sources initially told the Washington Post that Reynold was leaving, and the governor’s office confirmed the departure late Wednesday.

“I know Mike is excited about this new position and while I’ll miss him in the office, I’m pleased that he is taking advantage of this new opportunity to continue to grow professionally,’’ McDonnell said in a statement to The Washington Post. “Mike is a good man, an individual of tremendous faith and character and a great personal friend. He will always be part of our team.”

Reynolds’ departure continues a significant shake-up in the policy shop that has been going on for weeks.

Eric Finkbeiner, McDonnell’s senior policy adviser and a member of his Cabinet, will leave the administration next week. He will return to McGuireWoods, where he previously worked as a law partner and senior vice president of its public affairs subsidiary, McGuireWoods Consulting.

Earlier this spring, Melissa Luchau, who served as deputy policy director, left for a job at the Department of Education.

McDonnell hired Julia Hammond , Virginia state director of the National Federation of Independent Business, after Matt Bruning, special assistant for legislative affairs, left to become the director of government relations at the Virginia Bankers Association.

Reynold was in charge of McDonnell’s political operation when he was attorney general, and served as deputy campaign manager and political director for McDonnell’s gubernatorial campaign.

He also served as Virginia director of Arizona Sen. John McCain's 2008 presidential campaign and worked for Republican Jerry W. Kilgore's (R) unsuccessful campaign for governor.

“While it’s commonplace to say, it has been an honor working for Governor McDonnell,’’ Reynolds said in a statement late Wednesday. “He is a man of his word, a decent and honest public servant from whom I have learned so much over the years...Working for Governor McDonnell over these last 4 1/2 years has been the highlight of my professional life.”

By  |  05:53 PM ET, 06/01/2011

 
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