The Georgia State Financing and Investment Commission’s financing and investment division has a new interim director in place as Diana Pope, who had held the post, announced she was resigning this week.
GSFIC oversees bond sales by the triple-A rated state and its agencies. The commission is made up of the financing and investment division — which handles planning, scheduling, advertising, selling, and delivery of general obligation bonds — and the construction division, which provides construction management services on capital outlay projects.
Taking Pope’s place is Susan Hart Ridley. She has worked for the state government since 1994 in the Department of Community Affairs, the OneGeorgia Authority, the lieutenant governor’s office, and most recently as deputy director of the governor’s Office of Planning and Budget for the past four years.
In a statement on Pope’s resignation, the state’s chief financial officer, Thomas Hills, said she sought to have more time for family and personal commitments.
“Fortunately, however, Diana has agreed to remain with the Georgia finance and investment division in a part-time position for the foreseeable future to guide us through the transition,” Hills said. “Diana has worked with the state of Georgia government for the past 14 years in the audits department, the state treasury, and the Georgia finance and investment division.”
State officials also announced that Debbie Dlugolenski is the new deputy director of the Office of Planning and Budget. She has been serving as the office’s division director for physical and economic development. She was formerly Georgia’s assistant commissioner for information technology.