Mayor Elorza losing another top aide as Evan England heads to treasurer’s office

Providence City Hall

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – Yet another top aide to Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza is leaving City Hall.

Evan England, who has served as the mayor’s communications director for the last year, has accepted the same job in General Treasurer Seth Magaziner’s office. He begins his new position Sept. 19.

England’s departure follows the July announcements that chief operating officer Brett Smiley and chief of staff Tony Simon were leaving the mayor’s staff. Smiley is now Gov. Gina Raimondo’s chief of staff and Simon has launched a consulting firm that counts U.S. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse and Congressman David Cicilline as clients.

England, a 28-year-old Massachusetts native, grew to become one of Elorza’s closest advisors over the last year. He is well-liked by his colleagues in the mayor’s office and played a behind-the-scenes role in helping shape a staff that is now led by chief of staff Nicole Pollock.

England ran Magaziner’s campaign for treasurer in 2014, guiding him to landslide victories over former treasurer Frank Caprio in the Democratic primary and independent Ernest Almonte in the general election.

The position in Magaziner’s office opened after communications director David Ortiz accepted a position as Governor Raimondo’s press secretary. Ortiz was initially Elorza’s communications director, but he left City Hall for the post in the treasurer’s office last year.

Separately, the city announced Tuesday that Michael Borg has been named director of public works. Borg, who previously headed up the Providence Emergency Management Agency (PEMA), replaces Russ Knight, who departed after fewer than two years on the job.

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Dan McGowan ( dmcgowan@wpri.com ) covers politics, education and the city of Providence for WPRI.com. Follow him on Facebook and Twitter: @danmcgowan

 

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