Andrew Roos, who joined Gina Raimondo as chief of staff in 2013 as she was gearing up for her successful gubernatorial run and who remained in that role for state General Treasurer Seth Magaziner, announced Tuesday he's leaving for an unspecified private sector job. In related news, David Ortiz, who has led communications at City Hall for Mayors Angel Taveras and Jorge Elorza, is joining Magaziner's staff as communications director.
“It has been an honor to serve under General Treasurer Magaziner and I look forward to continuing to be a close friend and supporter of his as we both move forward in our careers," Roos said in a statement, adding that he will remain an advisor to Magaziner.
With Roos departing, effective September 8, deputy treasurer and general counsel Jeff Padwa will become acting chief of staff for Magaziner. Padwa previously served as city solicitor in Providence before joining Magaziner's staff.
As part of the chain reaction of changes, Elorza announced that his press secretary, Evan England, will succeed Ortiz as communications director.
Regarding Roos, Magaziner said, "It has been a pleasure working with Andrew, and I wish him the best in the next steps in his career. His leadership in the office has been instrumental in our work to use the Rhode Island Treasury to promote economic growth and financial stability for our state. I know we won’t miss a beat with Jeff Padwa leading the team, and I am extremely excited to welcome David Ortiz to our office as we continue our work to make the Rhode Island Treasurer’s office the best in the country.”
Roos said he will miss working in the treasurer's office. "In just eight months under his leadership I have had the opportunity to work on the creation of the state’s Infrastructure Bank, several successful negotiations for lower investment fees, a strong new transparency policy for the state’s investments, a successful debt restricting that raised more than $100 million for economic development and school construction, and the negotiation and implementation of a settlement on the four billion dollar pension litigation," he said. "Treasurer Magaziner has built a great team in the department which will help him continue to be one of the rising stars in the national Democratic Party."
Roos' move to leave Magaziner's staff was first reported by WPRI.com.