Cavanaugh resigns from administration due to family reasons
"She will be taking care of not only her own family, but also the children of her best friend who recently passed away," said Gina Smith, public affairs director for the finance department.
She said Cavanaugh's last day was May 15.
Cavanaugh was in her third political appointment with the Riley administration. Her most recent appointment drew some criticism because she started an $80,000 a year job the day Riley announced a statewide hiring freeze.
Smith said at the time that her hiring had been in the works for weeks. In December, Cavanaugh was named special assistant to the finance director for corporate affairs and Smith said she would help attend the meetings of the approximately 40 boards and commissions that the finance director serves on by virtue of his position.
Cavanaugh first served as deputy chief of staff for Riley before leaving to serve as chairwoman of the Alabama Republican Party from 2005 to 2007. She returned as senior adviser to the governor before leaving in early 2008 to run for president of the Public Service Commission, losing a tight race in November to Democrat Lucy Baxley.
-- posted by Sebastian Kitchen