Governor-elect Deal has selected attorney Deron Hicks to be inspector general in his administration.
Hicks, a partner with Page, Scrantom, Sprouse, Tucker & Ford, has been selected as the new inspector general, a position that is charged with investigating fraud and waste in state government.
Hicks, 42, has been with the large Columbus law firm on and off since 1998. He left in October 2007 to become general counsel for the Homebuilders Association of Georgia and returned to the firm last fall.
Hicks called it a “wonderful opportunity” that his partners encouraged him to explore.
“This is nothing I sought,” Hicks said Monday. “When I left the home builders and returned to Page, Scrantom, this is where I was going to practice for a long time.”
“He has been a valued member of this firm, but we do believe this is an excellent opportunity to serve the public and the governor in an important position,” [Bill] Tucker said.
Hicks starts his new position early next week. Deal will be sworn in Jan. 10.
I hope he is able to find and eliminate a lot of waste in state government.