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W.Va. governor's chief of staff to step down

Apr. 23, 2013 @ 12:46 PM

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin's chief of staff, Rob Alsop, is stepping down later this spring and Revenue Secretary Charles Lorensen will take over the job in June, the governor said Tuesday.

Alsop has served as chief of staff since November 2010. He previously served as chief of staff for former U.S. Sen. Carte Goodwin and as deputy counsel and revenue secretary for U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin during Manchin's first term as governor.

"Without question, Rob is truly one of the hardest working public servants I have ever worked with under the Capitol dome," Tomblin said in a news release. "Rob never lost focus during his service and was a constant reminder of why we are here — to serve all West Virginians.

Kanawha County Commission President Kent Carper issued a statement praising Alsop's tenure as Tomblin's chief of staff.

"I have had the privilege of working with every Chief of Staff since Governor Caperton held office. Rob Alsop, during his tenure, demonstrated integrity, love of the state of West Virginia and is one of the most efficient and brightest people I have ever worked with," Carper said. "I predict a great future for him. His commitment to the citizens of West Virginia, including Kanawha County, was remarkable."

Tomblin's news release did not give a reason for Alsop's departure. Tomblin spokeswoman Amy Shuler Goodwin did not immediately return a telephone message.

"Other than being a husband and father, serving as your Chief of Staff has been the most gratifying chapter of my life," Alsop said in the news release. "In the Governor's Office, we have the ability to positively affect the lives of thousands of people every day."

Lorensen has served as revenue secretary since January 2011. He formerly served as tax commissioner and previously was a staff attorney for the state Senate and its Finance and Ways and Means committees.