Advocacy Chief Counsel Winslow Sargeant ResignsAugust 6, 2014
On Wednesday, July 30, 2014, Dr. Winslow Sargeant, Chief Counsel for the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Office of Advocacy announced his plans to resign his position at the end of 2014. Citing a desire to spend more time with his family, Sargeant underscored his ongoing commitment to small-business issues and praised the staff at the Office of Advocacy for their “around the clock” efforts.
In the statement announcing his resignation, Dr. Sargeant stated, “I have enjoyed my time working with Congress and the numerous supporters of our country’s small businesses. Advocacy will remain one of the most memorable parts of my career, and I will never forget my experience.”
Dr. Sargeant, the sixth Chief Counsel for Advocacy, was initially was nominated for the position in May of 2009, but his nomination stalled in the Senate due to partisan rancor. Then in August 2010, President Barack Obama made a recess appointment of Dr. Sargeant as Chief Counsel which required the Senate to formally approve him by the end of 2011—which they ultimately did.
He went on to explain that his plans to stay on through the end of the year are to allow the administration to find time to name a replacement. There has been no word yet of a possible replacement or an expected timeline.