Governor-elect Haley Barbour announced former state Rep. Charlie Williams as his chief of staff on Monday. Williams, 59, has served on Barbour's transition team.
Barbour said Williams' main task is to work with the legislature on the administration programs and will also oversee the governor's staff.
Williams served 24 years in the Mississippi House, where he was chairman of the Ways and Means Committee. He was an unsuccessful candidate for the Republican nomination for governor in 1999.
The Memphis native ran an insurance business in Senatobia for many years. During the past year, Williams lobbied for some business clients before the legislature.
Williams was elected to the legislature in 1975 from Tate County as a Democrat. He switched to the GOP in 1996.