Palin chief of staff resigns

Posted: Friday, May 02, 2008

JUNEAU Gov. Sarah Palin's Chief of Staff Mike Tibbles has resigned.

Palin accepted Tibbles' resignation while announcing several other changes to her administration on Thursday.

Tibbles has worked for Palin since she took office in December 2006, working through two regular legislative sessions and two special sessions.

He did not immediately return phone messages. It is not immediately known what Tibbles will be doing next or why he stepped down.

"Mike has been a valuable asset in this administration and I wish him well in his future endeavors," Palin said in a press release.

No successor has been named, but Palin's deputy chief of staff Mike Nizich will serve as the interim chief until one is named.

Kelly Goode has been named Legislative Director. She replaces Russ Kelly, who is leaving to become an associate director in the governor's Washington, D.C. office. The position was held by Larry Persily, who has chosen to return to Alaska. Rosanne Hughes has been named Communications Director and Press Secretary.

"These folks have years of policy and communications experience and share my vision for Alaska," Palin said. "I am honored that such talented individuals are joining our efforts to build an effective, responsive and positive branch of government."

Goode has an extensive background with the Alaska State Legislature. She most recently served as Chief of Staff for Rep. Nancy Dahlstrom. Goode also served as Chief of Staff for Rep. Bill Stoltze and Sen. Rick Halford. She worked for numerous legislators who have held key leadership positions.

Kelly, a 12-year Army veteran, has served as Legislative Director since August 2007. Prior to becoming Legislative Director, Kelly served as a Special Assistant to the Governor for transportation, public safety, corrections and veterans issues. He also worked as Deputy Chief of Staff and Communications Director for Lt. Gov. Loren Leman.

Hughes most recently worked as a copywriter for Bradley Reid and Associates. She served as Press Secretary for U.S. Sen. Mike DeWine (R-Ohio) and U.S. Rep. Frank Wolf (R-Va.).

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