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Bee steps down, Kyl staffer to head up Brewer’s Tucson office

Tim Bee (File photo)

Tim Bee (File photo)

Tim Bee is stepping down as director of Gov. Jan Brewer’s Southern Arizona Office, and the governor named longtime Jon Kyl staffer Britann O’Brien as his replacement.

Bee, who joined the administration shortly after Brewer took office, accepted a job as the University of Arizona’s senior director in the state relations. Bee’s last day with the Brewer administration will be May 31.

Bee was the former Senate President and served in the Legislature from 2001 until 2008, when he lost a challenge to Democratic U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.

O’Brien has served as a homeland security advisor to Kyl since 2000 and interned with the Governor’s Office under former Gov. Jane Hull. O’Brien served as a border-issues liaison for Kyl to numerous government agencies and entities in southern Arizona, and Brewer said her extensive experience in border security, immigration, veterans and military affairs made her an ideal fit for the position.

“Her familiarity with southern Arizona, along with her knowledge of border security, military affairs and other issues, will be a tremendous asset to the state,” Brewer said in a press release.

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