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Newsom announces new leadership for his office in new year

GOV. GAVIN NEWSOM
Posted at 6:31 AM, Dec 22, 2020

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Change is coming to the top of Gov. Gavin Newsom's office as California faces its deadliest period yet in the coronavirus pandemic.

Newsom announced Monday his chief of staff, Ann O'Leary, will depart the office in mid-January after two years in the role.

Longtime lobbyist and Capitol staffer Jim DeBoo will take take over leadership of the governor's staff on Jan. 1.

He'll oversee the governor's staff, the office's messaging and communications strategy and its relationship with the Legislature.

Such a change at the halfway point of a governor's tenure isn't unique, but it signals a shift in direction and political priorities for the office.