Interim Rhode Island Treasury chief of staff Jeff Padwa will take the permanent position, state Treasurer Seth Magaziner announced Sept. 23.

Padwa has been deputy treasurer and chief legal counsel since January, when Magaziner took office. Padwa represented the department in negotiations to resolve lawsuits related to the state's 2011 pension overhaul bill, and worked on a bond refinancing.

He took the interim role after Andrew Roos left for the private sector. Before joining Treasury, Padwa was Providence city solicitor under former Mayor Angel Taveras.

Magaziner also named Bea Lanzi and Kelly Rogers deputy treasurers. Lanzi will also continue as director of legislation and outreach in the treasurer's office, and Rogers will continue as Magaziner's policy director.

Before joining Treasury in January, Rogers was manager of policy and public affairs at the Rhode Island Public Expenditure Council. She previously worked in the Washington government relations office of Chesapeake Energy Corp., and was a research participant at United Nations climate change conferences in Denmark, Mexico and South Africa.

Lanzi, who also joined in January, was vice president at United Way of Rhode Island. She is also an adjunct professor at Bristol Community College and a former state lawmaker.

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