William Parsons

In a signal that Governor Lincoln Chafee hopes to keep closer tabs on the state Economic Development Corporation, the governor has hired longtime ally J.R. Pagliarini for a newly created post of chief of staff at the EDC.

The move comes after Chafee backed William Parsons, who has been at the EDC virtually since the inception of the agency, to head the quasi-public corporation.

Via news release: