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Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza has picked Jeffrey Dana, a lawyer with the Family Law Center of Rhode Island, to be city solicitor. Dana faces confirmation by the City Council.

Dana is a graduate of Tulane University and Tulane Law School. A statement from City Hall says he has focused on consumer advocacy and housing litigation at the Family Law Center and previously worked as a lawyer for the US Bankruptcy Court of Rhode Island.

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R. David Cruise, an administrative magistrate for the state Traffic Tribunal and previous chief of staff for Bruce Sundlun and Joseph Montalbano, is joining Governer-elect Gina Raimondo's administration as legislative director.

"I think it's a great opportunity," Cruise, 58, tells RIPR. While leaving a judicial post for an executive staff position is highly unusual, Cruise said he's attracted by the chance to work with Raimondo -- "a dynamic leader" -- and wrestle with the state's problems. "I think it will be a very interesting experience for all of us."

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Providence Mayor-elect Jorge Elorza on Tuesday filled four roles within his administration, appointing his campaign manager, Marisa O'Gara, a deputy chief of staff, and naming David Ortiz as senior adviser to the mayor and director of strategic communications.

Elorza also appointed Theresa Agonia as a deputy chief of staff, and Sheila Dormody as director of policy. Along with O'Gara and Ortiz, they will report to Chief of Staff Tony Simon.

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