Speaker Fox shakes up staff at State House

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – House Speaker Gordon Fox is shaking up his staff prior to the start of the legislative session.

Fox is firing about 10 State House staffers as part of what his office calls a routine change in administration.

Fox spokesman Larry Berman says Fox didn't have a good chance to make the changes before because he was elected as Speaker last February, in mid-session.

Berman calls the changes part of an ongoing reorganization involving a variety of positions.

Those fired include legislative aide Steven Sepe and Richard Santamaria, a member of the House operations staff. Both are from Cranston. Berman sys the newly open jobs may be filled over time.