Charles Woods is New Chief of Staff at Auditor’s Office

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JACKSON, Miss. – Shad White
announced today Charles Woods has been appointed as his Chief of Staff at the
Mississippi Office of the State Auditor.

“I
look forward to contributing to the important work that Shad White and his team
at the Office of the State Auditor are conducting on behalf of taxpayers,” Woods
said. “My wife and I are excited to move back home to Mississippi.”

Charles
Woods comes to the Auditor’s office from Washington, DC. He has served his home
state from Mississippi’s First Congressional District office in various
positions since 2015, most recently as Deputy Chief of Staff to Mississippi
Congressman Trent Kelly. Woods has also served as a commissioned officer in the
Mississippi Army National Guard since obtaining an undergraduate degree in
Public Policy Leadership from the Sally McDonnell-Barksdale Honors College at
the University of Mississippi.

Woods
is a Captain with the 155th Armored Brigade Combat Team and serves as the
Brigade Headquarters and Headquarters Company Commander. He has commanded an
infantry company on deployments to Kuwait, Oman, Syria, and Jordan in support
of Operation Spartan Shield. Woods is a graduate of the U.S. Army Ranger School
and Air Assault School.

“Charles
Woods is going to be a critical leader for the Auditor’s office going forward.
My goal is to build a team of talented and energetic people to hold fraudsters
accountable and bring light to how we spend money as a state. Charles fits that
mission perfectly. His experience leading men and women in uniform and his
policy experience are the perfect fit for organizing our staff and marching
them toward that goal.”

Former Chief of Staff William “Bill” Pope will continue his tenure at the office part-time as Senior Advisor to the Auditor. Bill Pope has been a leader in state government – mostly at the State Auditor’s office – for over 25 years. Pope is credited with writing the state’s Property Officers’ Manual and spearheading efforts to include “Property Agents” in the Mississippi Association of Governmental Purchasing and Property Agents (MAGPPA).

The Bill Pope Property Award is given annually by MAGPPA to the state’s most outstanding property officer. “I’m very grateful Bill Pope will stay and keep his institutional knowledge in the office,” said Auditor White. “Bill has worked at the Auditor’s office, on and off, since the Pete Johnson days, and he’s been one of my closest advisors since I took office, so I’m thankful to keep him close.”

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