- Associated Press - Friday, June 19, 2015

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal’s chief of staff is leaving his state job to work on the presidential campaign that the Republican governor is expected to announce next week.

Kyle Plotkin resigned as chief of staff Friday. Plotkin said he’ll be taking a job for Jindal’s presidential campaign exploratory committee, along with Jindal deputy communications director Shannon Dirmann. He said they’ll be based in Baton Rouge.

In a statement, Jindal described Plotkin, who has worked for him since November 2008, as a “selfless and steadfast leader for the people of Louisiana.”

He has held many different roles in our administration and has always been a trusted adviser and good friend to me.”

Plotkin and Dirmann join a growing list of people leaving the governor’s office to work on the 2016 White House bid, which is expected to kick off Wednesday. Two of Jindal’s top aides, including his deputy chief of staff, left in March to move to Iowa.

Jindal’s new chief of staff will be Melissa Mann, who most recently worked as director of legislative affairs for the governor. Before that, she worked as legislative liaison for the state transportation department. The Jindal administration believes Mann is the first woman appointed as a Louisiana governor’s chief of staff.

Mann will receive the same salary Plotkin took home, $165,880 a year.

More governor’s office staff reshuffling is expected. Jindal only has a few months left in office. His term ends in mid-January.

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