Advance Notice: Briefs

Keenan, Hammoud, Knezek part of AG executive team

By: - January 15, 2019 8:46 pm

Dana Nessel

Attorney General Dana Nessel announced key staff positions on Tuesday.

As the Advance previously reported, Kelly Keenan will be her deputy attorney general. Keenan has worked in the attorney general’s office under former Attorneys General Frank Kelley and Jennifer Granholm, both Democrats. Keenan served under Granholm when she was governor. He worked most recently on Nessel’s transition team.

David Knezek

Former state Sen. David Knezek (D-Dearborn Heights) will be Nessel’s legislative director. He served as a state senator from 2014 to 2018 and state representative from 2013 to 2015. Knezek was also a sergeant in the U.S. Marine Corps who served two tours in Iraq in a scout sniper platoon.

Nessel named Laura Moody her chief of staff. Moody was previously the state’s chief legal council under former Attorney General Bill Schuette, a Republican. She worked more than 20 years in government roles, including for four attorneys general, according to Nessel’s office. She was chief of the Criminal Appellate Division, criminal bureau chief, chief legal counsel and, most recently, chief deputy attorney general.

The AG appointed Fadwa Hammoud as her Solicitor General — the first Muslim, Arab-American to be named to that role in the country, according to Nessel’s office. She served as lead attorney in the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office, where she established the Business Protection Unit. Hammoud is a trustee and treasurer of the Dearborn Public Schools Board of Education and the Henry Ford College Board and is a former Gov. Rick Snyder appointee to the Commission on Middle Eastern American Affairs.

Absent from the list is Dearborn City Council Member Michael Sareini, who has a history of prior domestic abuse allegations first detailed in a Detroit Free Press story. Nessel previously told the Michigan Advance that she would not be hiring Sareini.

Nessel’s appointments also include:

Kelly Rossman-McKinney

  • Kelly Rossman-McKinney, communications director. Rossman-McKinney started her own communications relations firm in 1988, worked in the state House and Senate and in former Gov. James Blanchard’s administration as program director and communications strategist. Rossman-McKinney was CEO of Truscott Rossman and unsuccessfully ran for state Senate last year. She also served on Nessel’s transition team.
  • Keisha Glenn, auto insurance fraud specialist. Glenn is “a Detroit native who spent six years fighting against auto insurance fraud in metro Detroit at Hackney Grover, PLLC and Scarfone & Green, P.C, is taking on a newly established position within the Department of Attorney General,” according to Nessel’s office.
  • Ron Robinson, civil rights and civil litigation practice manager. Robinson is division chief of the Civil Rights and Liberties Division and has worked in attorney general’s office under Kelley. “He was director of the Detroit office for the Attorney General under five administrations and has litigated employment practices that denied women equal pay for equal work,” Nessel’s office said.

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Michael Gerstein
Michael Gerstein

Michael Gerstein is a former Advance reporter covering the Governor's office, criminal justice and the environment.