Raina C. Smith, a former Channel 12-WPRI reporter, freelance writer and novelist, has been hired by Democratic RI Secretary of State A. Ralph Mollis as his new director of communications. Smith replaces Chris Barnett, who left the secretary of state’s office to take a communications post with the Rhode Island Foundation.
Smith, 42, a North Scituate native who currently lives in Cranston, has her first day on the job today. She will be paid $92,669 annually. She is a 1997 graduate of Rhode Island College, where she majored in communications and graduated cum laude.
Moillis is term-limited and cannot run again for secretary of state when his term is up next year. But Moillis, a former North Providence mayor, has said he intends to run for lieutenant governor and will likely make a formal announcement this fall.