Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee nominated policy director Steve Hartford as director of administration to replace Richard Licht, who will become a state Superior Court judge at the end of August.

In addition, Chafee said in a July 10 statement, Tom Mullaney, executive director and budget officer, will be acting director of the Office of Management and Budget, replacing Peter Marino. Marino, a former state Senate fiscal advisor, became the first OMB head in June 2012.

The OMB provides ongoing, transparent fiscal analysis, management support, and analytical research to the public, the governor, the General Assembly and state departments and agencies.

Chafee created the department to help tackle several budget challenged, and amid rising controversy over the demise of video-game company 38 Studios, which received a $75 million loan guarantee in 2010, backed by the state's moral obligation.

Marino, a former state Senate fiscal advisor, became the first OMB head in June 2012. Previously, he served as director of research and public affairs for RDW Group, a Providence communications and public relations firm.

A new administration will take shape next year, because Chafee isn't running for re-election.

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