Gov.-elect John Kasich on Friday continued his steady stream of top staff selections, naming Bob Blair, a veteran of two state agencies, as his choice to lead the Department of Administrative Services.

Blair formerly served as human resources director and assistant director at the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, and also was human resources director at the Ohio Department of Transportation. He currently works as business development manager in New Albanyfor EMH&T, an engineering, architecture and development firm. He also sits as a trustee on the Fairfield County Board of Health and the Pickerington Public Library.


“As we work to make state government more efficient and more effective, Bob brings a wealth of experience to my administration, and will have a key role in ensuring that taxpayers are getting their money’s worth out of state government,” Kasich said in a statement. “He will be instrumental in helping to create a modernized, 21st century state government that maximizes public dollars and better serves the customer.”

“It is imperative that we critically examine how the state of Ohio administers services, manages its workforce, and eliminates waste, redundancies and inefficiencies throughout the system,” Blair said in a statement. “Ohioans, state employees and businesses that work with the state all deserve agencies that operate professionally and responsively, and I look forward to bringing a business-like approach to the public sector.”