- Associated Press - Thursday, May 22, 2014

BOSTON (AP) - Gov. Deval Patrick will have a new chief of staff for the final months of his administration.

Patrick said Thursday that Richard Sullivan, who currently serves in his cabinet as Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs, would take over next month as his chief of staff, replacing Brendan Ryan, who is leaving to join Patrick’s political action committee.

Patrick called Sullivan an extraordinary leader and a great manager.

Sullivan is the former mayor of Westfield. He has served as the energy and environmental affairs chief since the start of Patrick’s second term.

Undersecretary Maeve Vallely Bartlett will take over for Sullivan. Bartlett has also held several other posts in state government and with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Patrick is not seeking re-election and will be leaving office in January.

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