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Stephen Neuman, Joy Fox Leaving Raimondo's Office

Governor Gina Raimondo's chief of staff, Stephen Neuman, and her communications director, Joy Fox, are leaving the governor's office. Neuman will work...

Governor Gina Raimondo's chief of staff, Stephen Neuman, and her communications director, Joy Fox, are leaving the governor's office.

Neuman will work his last day Friday. He's joining Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign as a senior adviser in Michigan.

"Steve served as our tireless leader through the passage of two successful budgets, the implementation of Medicaid reform, and the creation of new economic development tools to get our state back in the game," Raimondo said in a statement. "He has been a dedicated public servant to the people of Rhode Island, and we were lucky to have him as our chief. I have no doubt the Clinton campaign and Democrats up and down the ballot will be served well by having him on the team."

The search continues for a successor to Neuman, whose exit after the end of the legislative session was widely expected. Raimondo's legislative director, David Cruise, will serve as interim chief of staff.

Fox is leaving in early July to become a senior adviser to former US Treasury Secretary Bob Rubin. The governor's office said she will "support various projects and initiatives relating to economic policy and growth. His portfolio of projects ranges from climate change to fiscal matters and criminal justice reform, among others." Fox said she will remain based in Rhode Island.

"I am grateful for Joy’s tireless work on behalf of the people of Rhode Island, and I wish her all the best on this next exciting step in her career," Raimondo said. "On a personal level, as my longest serving team member, I will miss having her good counsel every day, but I know no matter where the world takes her, she loves Rhode Island, and will continue to keep her eye on the work we are doing to create opportunities for all Rhode Islanders."

Fox will be succeeded by Michael Raia, communications chief for the state Executive Office of Health and Human Services. Raia previously worked for former Providence Mayor Angel Taveras, one of Raimondo's opponents in the 2014 Democratic gubernatorial primary, although he left Taveras' office in 2013 for a different job.

"Mike has a well-earned reputation of leading strong, responsive communications teams, and I am thrilled to welcome him to my team," Raimondo said. "Under Secretary Robert's direction and leadership, Mike played a vital role in our successful work to reinvent Medicaid and has been a forceful, behind-the-scenes leader in the important work to drive attention, awareness and understanding of Rhode Island's overdose crisis."

Neuman came to Rhode Island after working for Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley.

Fox joined Raimondo's staff after she won election as state treasurer in 2010. She had previously worked for Congressman Jim Langevin and for the state Department of Corrections.

The changes come as Raimondo approaches the mid-point in her four-year term.