Mike Toomey, a former lawmaker and lobbyist who had served as Gov. Rick Perry's chief of staff for nearly two years and served as a chief architect of Perry's legislative initiatives, announced today that he will resign on Labor Day.
A replacement was not immediately announced. Kathy Walt, Perry's press secretary, said the governor plans to "move rather quickly" to fill the key post, but she gave no timetable.
Toomey, 52, could not immediately be reached for comment on his plans. His departure to return to lobbying and government consulting had been rumored for several weeks.
The governor's office says the resignation was anticipated because Toomey agreed to serve and help the governor through the 2003 legislative session. Now that session is over, Toomey plans to return to the private sector.