Councilman Paul joins AGG

The Midtown law firm Arnall Golden Gregory (AGG) has hired Dist. 3 Sandy Springs City Council member Rusty Paul to chair its Government Affairs and Public Policy Practice Team.

The team will offer clients help in navigating the growing federal, state and local governmental influence on business operations.

Paul has more than 30 years’ experience in government, government relations and public policy at the local, state and federal levels.

Elected to the Georgia Senate in 2000, Paul previously held several policy positions within the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development, including serving as assistant secretary for congressional and intergovernmental relations under Secretary Jack Kemp.

In addition to serving on the Sandy Springs City Council since the city’s creation in 2005, Paul is a former member of the Stone Mountain City Council. He also chaired the Sandy Springs Development Authority.

For the past eight years, Paul ran his own government affairs firm, iSquared Communications, based in Sandy Springs.

RockBridge Bank president retiring

Lauch McKinnon, the president and chief executive officer of Sandy Springs-based RockBridge Commercial Bank, has announced he is retiring, and the bank is interviewing for his successor.

McKinnon has more than 35 years’ banking experience and was president and CEO of the Bank of Hiawassee before RockBridge.

In a letter to RockBridge shareholders, McKinnon wrote: “I had expected at this time in my career to be transitioning my role as president and CEO of the bank to a successor. One of our mid-range objectives is to identify our next president and CEO, who will position RockBridge for the opportunities that we believe wait on the other side of this economy.”

RockBridge opened in November 2006 at Two Premier Plaza, 5607 Glenridge Drive.

“The board and I believe it is in the best interests of our shareholders and our bank to continue with that transition by securing leadership with expertise in the exact conditions we are experiencing at this time,” McKinnon wrote in his July 7 letter.