Gov. Pence’s chief of staff announces resignation

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (April 9, 2014)— Indiana Gov. Mike Pence announced Wednesday the resignation of his chief of staff and long-time adviser.

“Bill Smith’s contributions since the outset of our administration have been incalculable and I will always be grateful for his tireless service to the state of Indiana. His integrity and strong leadership as director of our transition team and then as my chief of staff contributed significantly to our success. Bill Smith made a difference for the people of Indiana,” said Gov. Pence. “We wish him well in his new endeavor and look forward to working with him often in his new capacity.”

In his letter of resignation Smith told the governor it had been an honor “serving you and the people of Indiana.” He also described the Governor’s staff as “an outstanding group of public servants.”

Smith, who has served in various official and campaign roles for the governor since 2000, will leave the administration to form a public affairs and strategic communications firm, which is expected to work with the governor’s campaign.

Smith will depart from the administration on May 9.