Today, Gov. Tomblin's General Counsel, G. Kurt Dettinger, filed a letter with the West Virginia Ethics Commission seeking an employment exemption, the first step in returning to private-sector employment. Dettinger joined Tomblin's administration in November 2010.
"Kurt's leadership and intellect were vital to the success my administration has achieved over the last 18 months," Gov. Tomblin said. "In addition to navigating the legal aspects of my transition from Senate President to Governor, Kurt was instrumental in the development of several key pieces legislation including my Marcellus Shale and mine safety bills. I extend to him my sincerest best wishes as Kurt re-enters the private sector and I look forward to continuing to work with him on matters of significant importance to our state -- albeit in a different capacity."
Gov. Tomblin has tapped Charleston attorney Peter G. Markham as Dettinger's successor. Markham, a partner at the litigation firm Guthrie & Thomas, PLLC, has enjoyed a diverse law practice. Markham received his undergraduate education at Virginia Tech and holds law degrees from West Virginia University and the London School of Economics. Prior to joining Guthrie & Thomas, Markham served as a law clerk to the Hon. Robert B. King of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.