FCC Commissioner Baker shuffles staff

Federal Communications Commissioner Meredith Baker announced a pair of departures and series of staff moves in response on Monday.

Christi Shewman, currently Baker's wireline legal advisor, will leave to rejoin the FCC's Wireline Competition Bureau. Baker's legal advisor for media issues Brad Gillen will take over for Shewman and his job will be filled by Krista Witanowski of the FCC's Media Bureau pending the selection of a permanent replacement.

"This is a great opportunity for Christi. While I will miss her counsel, I have been fortunate to have had her on my team since the beginning of my tenure at the Commission. The Bureau is lucky to have her back, and the good news is that we will all benefit from her expertise," Baker said.

Baker also announced her confidential assistant and staff attorney Millie Kerr will be leaving the Commission. Kari Amstutz, who currently works for Rep. Charles Djou (R-Ha.), will be Baker's new confidential assistant and Tasha Kinney, currently at the Department of Agriculture, will also join Baker as a staff assistant.