Brewer to announce chief of staff, transition team

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PHOENIX -- Arizona Secretary of State Jan Brewer is starting to take her first public steps to prepare to become governor.

Preparing for Gov. position

Brewer has scheduled a Friday afternoon Capitol news conference to announce her selection of a chief of staff, a transition team and a web site.

Brewer, a Republican who has served as secretary of state since 2003, will become governor upon Democratic Gov. Janet Napolitano's resignation.

Napolitano plans to step down once the U.S. Senate confirms President-elect Barack Obama's appointment of her as secretary of the Department of Homeland Security.

The Senate vote can't occur until after Obama's Jan. 20 inauguration.

Brewer is a former state legislator and former Maricopa County supervisor.

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