Jan. 30—THOMASVILLE —
His first inclination was to contact Tallahassee Mayor
For more than two and a half years,
Working with stakeholders on issues important to their states and communities and on administration shared priorities, such as disaster response and recovery, urban revitalization and rural prosperity, and trade expansion through the new
He was at a
"We shared some stories," Crozer said.
It became clear the election would not be called that night.
"There's a lot of anticipation of what's going to happen," Crozer said. "If your boss loses, it's the end of the road for the administration and you."
The same was true for other
Regardless of presidential vote numbers and results, the
Meanwhile, with several states' vote numbers still outstanding, it appeared there were pathways for Trump to be re-elected. A handful of states' electoral votes had not been called.
Concerns mounted about election integrity, Crozer said, noting that the
Crozer recalled the pre-pandemic period of
"The president was well on the way to re-election," he said.
The economy was healthy, with the unemployment rate across multiple demographic groups at record lows before the pandemic changed the landscape in the entire world.
"The president's America First policies were clearly working," Crozer said.
His last official trip was with the president to
"All of a sudden, you get hit with a global pandemic," the 36-year-old Crozer said. "This was something that no one could have predicted."
Trump showed resiliency in his ability to overcome situations his entire life, Crozer said, and losing the election is another obstacle. He thinks Trump will continue to be involved in Republican politics, pointing out the former president has opened an office at his
At the time a barrage of Trump supporters stormed the
"It was business as usual. We were in the middle of one of our regularly-scheduled COVID coordination calls," he said.
After the turmoil on
"I have served in the Administration for over 2 1/2 years working with State, Local, and Tribal officials across this great country. It has been the honor of a lifetime to serve these stakeholders — including law enforcement — work on issues important to their communities and to advance shared priorities, like law and order.
The violence at the
In the aftermath of the events on
"We continued to inform and work with our stakeholders across the country on key issues and priorities. We owed it to them to continue to work," he said.
He and fellow
Crozer, who is proud and honored to have served in the Trump administration, authored the transition memo for his office.
His last official duty was to arrange for Dr.
Prior to the election, Crozer had planned to transition out of the Trump administration — "win, lose or draw." He said the average tenure of
"It was an honor and a privilege to serve the president and his administration," he said.
When asked about thrilling experiences in his
The accomplishment of which he is most proud? "Taking the intergovernmental partnership with state, local and tribal officials to the next level and leaving our office in a better position than we found it," he said.
Crozer, son of
He and his wife, Arden, are discussing whether to stay in
Until a decision is made, Crozer is relaxing with family and friends, fishing and hunting in the place he loves more than any other.
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