Cyd McKenna is leaving her role as executive director of the Rhode Island Democratic Party after less than a year on the job.

McKenna is taking on a new role as political director of Mike Bloomberg’s Rhode Island campaign.

“I loved working for the party and doing so got me very energized about the presidential campaign,” McKenna said. “My decision to leave is purely based on being presented with a great opportunity that I’m excited to pursue.”

McKenna’s departure from the RI Democratic Party comes as a grand jury continues to probe a short-lived audit ordered by House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello of the RI Convention Center. The speaker effectively controls the state party.

Before taking on the party job last summer, McKenna was best known for working in Vincent “Buddy” Cianci’s City Hall and managing Cianci’s unsuccessful comeback attempt in 2014.

She’s the latest current or former Rhode Islander to become a part of Bloomberg’s campaign, including David Allard, Gabe Amo, Cara Cromwell, Jon Duffy, Jacqueline Paolino and Brett Broesder.

“We are very fortunate to have Cyd on the team,” said Cromwell, the RI state director for Bloomberg. “Her depth of experience and knowledge of the Rhode Island political landscape will be invaluable.”

In a statement, RI Democratic Party Chairman Joe McNamara said a search will be conducted to fill the vacancy created by McKenna's exit.

McKenna succeeded T. Kevin Olasanoye as executive director of the Rhode Island Democrats. He left for a similar job in New Jersey and was recently assigned to a different role there.