Kate Brock named Rhode Island Treasury chief of staff

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Kate Brock will be chief of staff in the Rhode Island general treasurer’s office effective Jan. 1, state Treasurer Seth Magaziner announced.

Brock will succeed Patrick Marr who, after working 10 years under treasurers Frank Caprio, Gina Raimondo and Magaziner, is moving to the private sector.

Brock has been deputy director of the state's retirement system. Magaziner credited her for customer-service enhancements including improved counseling resources for members of the retirement system.

“For the past three years, Kate Brock has been an exemplary member of Team Treasury,” said Magaziner, a Democrat who defeated Republican Michael Riley on Nov. 6 for a second four-year term. He succeeded Raimondo, the current governor who also won re-election.

Brock previously was director of government programs at Delta Dental, policy aide under former Gov. Lincoln Chafee and a labor organizer with the Service Employees International Union.

Marr, according to Magaziner, “has made a mark on every part of the office.” Marr was fiscal manager, unclaimed property director, chief financial officer and chief operating officer before his tenure as chief of staff.

Magaziner also announced that Jeff Thurston will be the state’s cash manager.

Rhode Island voters on Nov. 6 approved all three statewide bond proposals highlighted by $250 million of borrowing for school building improvements. Voters also passed a $70 million bond question for higher education facilities along with a $47.3 million debt measure to tackle environmental, water and recreational projects.

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