Who might the next Culver C.O.S. be?

Patrick Dillon, Governor Chet Culver's first chief of staff, left a few months ago to join the Obama White House as a deputy political director. Charlie Krogmeier, Culver's budget director, stepped in to fill the chief of staff slot.  Now, Culver has named Krogmeier head of the Department of Human Services.  Krogmeier's in that new job "immediately," meaning now.  It means Culver is likely to name a new chief of staff soon, right?

The person who may be in line for that post is John Kirincich.  He was hired earlier this year and started a couple of weeks ago as Culver's "chief operating officer." Kirincich has recent experience in D.C., having served as chief of staff for Representative Jim Marshall (D-Georgia). As best I can tell from congressional salary records, Kirincich was in that job from 2004 to the end of 2008.

In addition, Kirincich served as executive director of the Georgia Democratic Party from January of 1999 to March of 2002.  He worked on the (unsuccessful) 1996 campaign of Kathy Karpan, a Democratic candidate for one of Wyoming's U.S. senate seats and the (unsuccessful) 1998 gubernatorial campaign of David Poythress in Georgia.

He's a graduate of the Pope John XXIII High School in Sparta, New Jersey and a 1990 graduate of the University of Virginia.

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O. Kay Henderson is the news director of Radio Iowa.