Here's how Gov. Jim Douglas is filling the vacancy that will be left by Deputy Chief of Staff Dennise Casey's departure at the end of the year:
Elizabeth "Wibs" McLain, his former secretary of Natural Resources, returns as special assistant to the governor. She'll be the legislative liaison.
Heidi Tringe, who has been secretary of Civil and Military Affairs (a title that shouldn't be taken too literally but really pretty much means special assistant to the governor), will become deputy chief of staff.
David Coriell, who was special assistant to the governor, will become secretary of Civil and Military Affairs and communications director.
That all happens Jan. 1, when Casey leaves for a job with the Republican Governors' Association.
It also answers the question (no) of whether Douglas would be bringing in someone new to his inner circle for his last year in office.
Casey says there will be no change in pay for Tringe or Coriell. McLain's salary is not set yet, she said, but should be no more than Casey's, making for an overall break-even or decline in staff salaries.
- Terri Hallenbeck
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