Gov. Lincoln Chafee appointed John "J.R." Pagliarini of Warwick chief of staff to the Rhode Island Economic Development Corp., the agency under fire for having provided a $75 million loan guarantee to failed video-game company 38 Studios LLC.

Pagliarini, a 30-year public sector veteran who will begin Jan. 4, most recently was a senior executive advisor and former senior advisor to Providence Mayor Angel Taveras. He was also state director for Chafee when the latter was a U.S. senator.

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