Gov. Doug Ducey’s chief of staff Kirk Adams to resign after 4 years

Nov 26, 2018, 12:36 PM | Updated: 4:25 pm
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PHOENIX — Kirk Adams, Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey’s chief of staff, announced Monday he would step down after serving in the role for four years.

Adams said in a series of tweets that he was resigning to “return to the private sector” and play a couple rounds of golf.

Later Monday, Ducey announced that Daniel Scarpinato will succeed Adams and Gretchen Conger will serve as deputy chief of staff.

Scarpinato worked as senior adviser on Ducey’s re-election campaign. Prior to that he was deputy chief of staff for communications and strategic planning.

Ducey thanked Adams for his service in a series of tweets, praising him for “serving four remarkable years” and “helping to push forward our agenda to solidify Arizona as a national leader for opportunity, jobs and economic growth.”

J.P. Twist, Ducey’s campaign manager, also praised Adams in a tweet on Monday.

The governor’s office said in a statement that Adams’ last day will be Dec. 14.

The chief of staff helps the governor set policy and negotiate with lawmakers on budget and other issues.

Ducey was re-elected as Arizona governor in November, after beating out Democrat David Garcia.

Despite his statement, whether Adams will remain as a private citizen or return to public office was unclear. Adams’ name has been floated alongside Martha McSally’s for possible replacements in the U.S. Senate if Jon Kyl steps down in January.

Kyl was appointed by Ducey earlier this year to serve in Sen. John McCain’s seat after the late senator died from brain cancer in August.

Adams has a history of serving in state legislature. He was elected to the state House of Representatives in 2006 and served as House Speaker. He resigned in 2011 to run for U.S. House of Representatives but was defeated in the Republican primary by former Rep. Matt Salmon.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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Gov. Doug Ducey’s chief of staff Kirk Adams to resign after 4 years