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Gov. Tomblin's Communications Director to Become Chief of Staff

Chris Stadelman

West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin’s chief of staff is resigning and his communications director is taking over the post.

A news release Wednesday says Chief of Staff Charlie Lorensen is stepping down and Communications Director Chris Stadelman is assuming the new role on Friday.

The release says Lorensen is returning to the private sector. He has served as chief of staff since his appointment in April 2013.

Stadelman joined Tomblin’s Democratic administration as communications director in May 2014.

Tomblin is hitting his two consecutive term limit. He will leave office in January after the November election.