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J.R. Pagliarini out as Taveras chief of staff

December 16, 2011

After a year in office, much of it spent battling budget deficits, Mayor Taveras has decided to shake up his staff at City Hall.

John `J.R.’ Pagliarini, a longtime Rhode Island political operative with ties to Governor Lincoln Chafee, is  moving out of his chief of staff position. He will become a senior adviser with a portfolio of heading up the city’s federal and state lobbying efforts and being in charge of intergovernmental relations.

Pagliarini described the move as a lateral shift. “I will still be reporting directly to the mayor,” he added.

Taking over for Pagliarini is Michael D’Amico, who has been the city’s administration director and has been in the middle of   Taveras’ efforts to win concessions from the unions that represent city teachers, City Hall employees and police and fire fighters. D’Amico, a boyhood friend of the mayor, will keep his administration post as he shifts into the chief of staff post.

Two new aides are being hired – Michael Pearis, who has a background in business, will become city finance director. And Arianne Lynch, a public relations executive, will become deputy chief of staff to oversee policy and public engagement.

Taveras also announced in a statement that Gonzalo Cuervo ill continue as deputy chief of staff for the offices of Senior Services, Neighborhood Services, Community Relations and municipal boards and commissions.

Matthew Jeryzk will keep his responsibilities as senior counsel to the mayor and assume the duties of director of policy and municipal affairs.

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