Bill Smith stepping down as Pence Chief of Staff

April 9th, 2014 at 10:30 am by under Jim Shella's Political Blog

Bill Smith, the Chief of Staff to Governor Mike Pence, is leaving state government.  Smith will resign his post effective at the end of April.

Smith tells 24 Hour News 8 that he will form a political consulting firm and his first client will be Mike Pence.  He says he will remain as a senior advisor to the governor.

It’s a move that is sure to stir speculation about a possible Pence run for the White House in 2016.  Smith says, however, the focus will be on Indiana.

Smith has worked for Pence since 2000.  In a news release the governor said, “We wish him well in his new endeavor and look forward to working with him often in his new capacity.”

Smith says he made the decision to change jobs about two weeks ago.  The governor will consider both internal and external candidates for a replacement.

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