BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Louisiana Commissioner of Administration Kristy Nichols will announce plans later today to step down within the next 30 days or so, WAFB's Greg Meriwether reports.
Sources says Nichols, who has been in the position since 2012, is taking a job in the private sector.
The move is not unexpected as Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal enters his final months in office.
Prior to her current position Nichols served as Louisiana's Secretary of the Department of Children and Family Services (DSS). Her new job will be with a medical provider, a person familiar with the situation said.
Stafford Palmieri will replace Commissioner Nichols as the head of the Division of Administration effective October 15, 2015. Palmieri currently serves as the Deputy Chief of Staff in the Governor's Office. Governor Jindal also announced that Natalie LaBorde will replace Palmieri as Deputy Chief of Staff in the Governor's Office.
Governor Jindal said, "From day one, Kristy has been a key team player who has fully dedicated herself to bettering the state of Louisiana. Together, we've been able to reduce the size of government, improve health care across the state, and create a better, stronger Louisiana. I am proud of the work she has accomplished during her time with us and I wish her all the best in this next venture. Stafford has been a crucial member of our administration and has always tackled any challenge head-on. I know she will be an excellent leader at the Division and continue to work hard to serve the people who call Louisiana home."
Commissioner Nichols said, "It has been both a pleasure and an honor serving the people of this great state. I am proud of the work that we have accomplished to make Louisiana a better place to live and raise a family, and I am confident that we will continue down this path. I want to thank Governor Jindal for giving me the opportunity to help realize these goals."