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Arizona governor promotes spokesman to chief of staff

Posted: 12:37 PM, Nov 26, 2018
Updated: 2018-11-27 10:00:14-05

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey has announced his new chief of staff pick after his current chief of staff announced he'd be leaving the post on Dec. 14.

Daniel Scarpinato will take on the chief of staff role once Kirk Adams leaves. 

Kirk Adams is a former Arizona House speaker who became chief of staff after the governor was elected in 2014. The chief of staff helps the governor set policy and negotiate with lawmakers on budget and other issues.

Scarpinato previously served as the governor's Deputy Chief of Staff for Communications and Strategic Planning. He also worked on Governor Ducey's re-election campaign.

Adams has been seen as a potential pick for the late Sen. John McCain's seat now held by Jon Kyl. Kyl said he might serve only until January.

However, on twitter, Adams said he is "excited to return to the private sector."