Gov. Pence's chief of staff leaving to start consulting firm

Bill Smith (photo via Linked In)
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Gov. Mike Pence's chief of staff and long-time advisor, Bill Smith, is leaving the administration to form a public affairs and strategic communications firm.

Pence's office says the firm will work with Pence's campaign and other clients.

"Bill Smith's contributions since the outset of our administration have been incalculable and I will always be grateful for his tireless service to the state of Indiana. His integrity and strong leadership as director of our transition team and then as my chief of staff contributed significantly to our success. Bill Smith made a difference for the people of Indiana," said Gov. Pence. "We wish him well in his new endeavor and look forward to working with him often in his new capacity."

Smith has worked for Pence in various roles since 2000. He was also chief of staff when Pence served in Congress and was a senior advisor for Pence's 2012 gubernatorial run.

Smith's last day will be May 9.