“I have worked with Mr. Sterling on several projects and have found him to be knowledgeable and insightful to the intersection between the political and business communities,” Raffensperger said in a news release. “He has shown a creativity and management acumen that will be helpful in ensuring that the staff at (the secretary of state’s office) are properly equipped to perform their duties.”

Sterling has been effective in both the public and private sectors of Georgia. From 2011 through 2017, he served on the Sandy Springs City Council, and in 2017 he ran for Fulton County Board of Commissioners chair. Sterling also has advised multiple businesses large and small throughout the nation.

“Gabriel’s political and business accomplishments throughout his career will prove beneficial to all Georgians,” Raffensperger said. “I am excited to work with him and my team is equally excited to benefit from his experience.”

Deputy Secretary of State-designate Jordan Fuchs echoed Raffensperger’s sentiment.

“I have worked with Mr. Sterling in several projects and have found him to be a talented professional. I look forward to working with him,” he said in a news release.

Prior to his service with Raffensperger, Sterling was the president of SSH Inc., a business and political consulting firm he founded. While on the council, where he developed a reputation as a common-sense problem solver. He was heavily involved in bringing Mercedes-Benz USA’s headquarters to Sandy Springs. Sterling has deep experience in public-private partnerships and innovative service delivery models.

He serves as the vice chair of the Sandy Springs Development Authority and on the board of directors of both the Sandy Springs Conservancy and Heritage Sandy Springs. He is the treasurer of the Phoenix Patriot Foundation, a charity serving post-9/11 veterans. He was recently appointed to the BeltLine Tax Allocation District advisory committee.

“I am excited for the opportunity to serve the people of Georgia,” Sterling said in a news release. “I am humbled that Secretary of State-elect Raffensperger asked me to serve and look forward to hitting the ground running to help achieve Raffensperger’s vision for the office of secretary of state.”

Raffensperger will be sworn in Jan. 14, and Sterling will assume his duties as COO on that date.

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