Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak, fresh from his re-election and now officially in the hunt for the DFL endorsement for governor, announced that Chief of Staff Tina Smith is taking a leave of absence to run his gubernatorial campaign.
Jeremy Hanson Willis, the mayor’s city communications director, will take over as chief of staff.
And with the domino effect, John Stiles will become the communications director. Stiles has some experience across the river in St. Paul, having served as campaign manager for St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman’s re-election campaign. Stiles also has been communications director for the Minnesota DFL Party and as principal aide to Ramsey County Commissioner Toni Carter.