Kemp's chief of staff resigning to become senior VP at Georgia Power


ATLANTA — Gov. Brian Kemp’s chief of staff is resigning to become senior vice president over external affairs for Georgia Power, effective Jan. 15.

Kilpatrick will lead the company’s strategy and engagement in economic development, legislative and regulatory affairs, region external affairs and corporate communication. 

As Kemp’s chief of staff, he has played an integral part in state government and working with community, civic and business leaders across Georgia.

“Over the last three years, Trey’s dedicated leadership as Chief of Staff has enabled our administration to deliver on the promises I made to the people of our state and keep Georgia the best place to live, work, and raise a family," Kemp said. “After an exemplary career in public service, the Kemp family, the Governor’s Office staff who worked alongside him around the clock, and the countless people who interacted with Trey during his time in our administration are all deeply grateful for his years of service and excited for him as he enters the private sector.”

Kemp announced Tuesday that Deputy Chief of Staff Lauren Curry will replace Kilpatrick as chief of staff, effective Jan. 15, becoming the first female to ever serve in that role.

Director of Government Affairs and Policy Brad Bohannon will become deputy chief of staff, also effective Jan. 15.

Kilpatrick joined Kemp's administration in 2020 after 10 years serving on the staff of U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson as deputy chief of staff, senior advisor, political director, state director and campaign manager.

Before that, Kilpatrick was a vice president for Morgan Keegan & Co. Inc., an Atlanta-based investment firm.

“Trey has an obvious passion for helping Georgia grow and thrive, serving all of its citizens, and making our communities better – that’s a passion he and all of us at Georgia Power share,” said Kim Greene, president, chairman and CEO of Georgia Power. “He has a deep knowledge of our state and incredible insight into the diverse needs of Georgians and the companies that do business here. We look forward to working with him to shape how we continue engaging with and supporting our customers, state and local leaders, and communities to ensure we’re meeting their current and future needs. We welcome him to Georgia Power.” 

Kilpatrick, a graduate of the University of Georgia, has been actively involved in initiatives focused on continuing the historic growth in Georgia and making the state a place where people want to live and do business. This has included helping Georgia’s ports thrive, strengthening rural Georgia, as well as strong economic development activities that have brought thousands of jobs to the state.

He will replae Meredith Lackey, who has been named Chief Compliance Officer for Southern Company.