LANSING — Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder said in a statement today that two department heads will swap roles.
Wanda Stokes will become the director of the Talent Investment Agency (TIA), while that organization's current leader, Stephanie Comai, will return to Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA). Stokes is currently the deputy director for LARA.
The switch comes as the governor aims to double down on skilled trades training and business development, according to Anna Heaton, a spokesperson for Snyder.
“Their expertise fits with where he wants each department to go,” Heaton told MiBiz, adding that the governor thinks each “could fit better” in these roles.
As MiBiz reported at the time, Snyder created the Department of Talent and Economic Development by executive order in December 2014. TIA fell under the umbrella of that department.
Comai, who was previously deputy director of LARA, left to head TIA at the time of its creation. She will return to the same position she previously had.
Heaton said that the change is necessary because the field of talent investment and development “is constantly changing, so that's the natural progression.”
Snyder, speaking in a statement, agreed.
“We are blessed to have two strong leaders in Wanda and Stephanie,” Snyder said in the statement. “The vast knowledge and experience they bring to state government takes both these departments to a new level of leadership and will help continue building Michigan’s 21st Century economy.”