By TODD STACY, Alabama Daily News
U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) has selected Dayne Cutrell to serve as his new Chief of Staff.
Cutrell is a native of Mobile and worked most recently as Staff Director for the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies. Cutrell will take the reins from Shelby’s outgoing chief Katie Britt, who was recently named president of the Business Council of Alabama.
“Dayne is an experienced legislative strategist who has worked on issues that impact people all across our great state,” Shelby said.
“Raised in Alabama, he also cares deeply about our state’s success. I am pleased to have Dayne as my chief of staff, and I am confident that his leadership skills will serve my office well as we work to advance Alabama’s priorities.”
As Staff Director for Commerce, Justice and Science Appropriations, Cutrell managed the allocation of approximately $64 billion in total funding. That includes many line items important to Alabama: the Department of Commerce, which controls gulf fisheries issues through its NOAA agency; the Department of Justice and law enforcement, which is building a massive new FBI complex in Huntsville; and NASA, which manages Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville.
Shelby also announced the promotions of two other key staff.
Deputy Press Secretary Alyssa Pettus has been named Press Secretary and Legislative Counsel Clay Armentrout has been named General Counsel.
Shelby is Alabama’s senior senator and Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee.