Arizona attorney general-elect appoints top aides

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By Tami Hoey By Tami Hoey

PHOENIX (AP) -- Arizona Attorney General-elect Mark Brnovich has announced the appointment of two top officials for his incoming administration.

Brnovich on Tuesday named Michael Bailey to a dual role as chief of staff and chief deputy attorney general, while he said John Lopez will serve as solicitor general.

The solicitor general's duties include overseeing preparation of legal opinions and assisting in appellate cases.

Bailey is a former Maricopa County prosecutor who now has a private law practice, while Lopez works in the U.S. Attorney's Office where is the executive assistant U.S. attorney.

Brnovich takes office in January, replacing fellow Republican Tom Horne.