Rainwater, who is currently serving as the Commissioner of Administration, will replace Stephen Waguespack, who is resigning to pursue opportunities in the private sector. Nichols will replace Rainwater at the Division of Administration.
The changes become effective on October 15.
Jindal said, "From the beginning of our work to build a better Louisiana, Stephen has been by my side as a trusted advisor and a friend. He helped shepherd through monumental policy reforms that will have a lasting and positive impact on our state. Stephen held multiple positions in the Governor's Office and was always willing to step up to the plate to help our team. No matter the role he played, his focus remained the same - using every second of every day to help improve the lives of the people of Louisiana."
"I am excited for Paul to take on this new role. Paul has never shied away from a challenge. Indeed, he has taken on some of the toughest jobs in state government, including confronting our recent budget challenges. Paul has played a critical role in helping us right-size state government while protecting critical services for our people. I know he will continue to do a great job for the people of Louisiana in his new position."
Jindal also gave high marks to Nichols, "Kristy is going to do a great job as Commissioner of Administration. Kristy has been a critical part of the team since the beginning of the administration, and, like Stephen and Paul, has always enthusiastically taken on a challenge.
She led the reorganization of the Department of Children and Family Services to make the agency more efficient and effective for our people. As Commissioner, I know she will continue our mission to make state government less expensive and more effective for the people of Louisiana."