Dec 6, 2007

Granholm cabinet member says ‘I won’t be back’

LANSING - One of the few remaining members of Gov. Jennifer Granholm’s original cabinet announced Thursday she is stepping down to take the same post in California.

Teresa M. Takai, the director of the Department of Information Technology, announced Thursday she is taking the same position she holds in Michigan with Republican Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. It didn’t take long for Granholm to find a replacement, and shortly after the announcement of Takai’s impending departure Granholm announced Kenneth Theis of St. Johns would fill the position. Theis is the chief deputy of the IT department under Takai

Theis has served in a leadership position since it was created, and he came to state government from General Motors (GM) Corporation where he was an executive. He has a master's degree in business administration from Northwood University and a bachelor's degree in automotive and heavy equipment management from Ferris State University. The Senate must confirm his appointment within 60 days, but if they do not act within that time frame the appointment becomes automatic.

The only remaining original members of the Granholm cabinet from 2003 are Patricia Caruso, the Department of Corrections director; Steven Chester, the head of the Department of Environmental Quality Director and William Anderson, the director of History Arts and Libraries (HAL).

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