Gov. Ducey selects new chief of staff

Monday afternoon Governor Doug Ducey announced that Daniel Scarpinato will replace Kirk Adams as Chief of Staff.

“Daniel Scarpinato was instrumental to the development and execution of our achievements during my first term as governor. He has also been a leader and collaborator among our team and staff — making meaningful contributions in policy, communications, and operations strategies,” Ducey said in a statement. “Daniel’s experience, his ability to solve problems, and his reputation for working with others to get things done gives me great confidence in his ability to lead our exceptional team as we advance an agenda of opportunity for all.”

Most recently Scarpinato joined Ducey’s 2018 re-election campaign as Senior Advisor. Prior to that he served as the Deputy Chief of Staff for Communications and Strategic Planning.

“The last four years have been incredible & I’m very honored to have the opportunity to keep working for Gov @DougDucey & with an INCREDIBLE team,” Scarpinato tweeted.

Ducey also announced that Gretchen Conger will serve as the Deputy Chief of Staff having an expanded portfolio of responsibilities.

“Gretchen’s deep expertise in policy and budget, coupled with her extensive relationships has allowed her to turn proposals into reality by working with stakeholders and our Legislature. In her new elevated and expanded role, Gretchen will help ensure the success of my agenda to continue moving Arizona forward,” Ducey said.

According to the Governor’s Office, this is Conger’s second promotion while serving in the administration. She previously served as Director of Legislative Affairs and Deputy Chief of Staff for Policy and Budget in 2016.

These announcements come hours after Ducey’s current Chief of Staff, Kirk Adams, announced his resignation.

Emily Richardson

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