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Kamala Harris hires new chief of staff

October 3, 2011 | 11:20 am

Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris has a new chief of staff -- Nathan Barankin, who most recently served as communications director for state Senate leader Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento).

In Barankin, Harris gets a seasoned Sacramento hand with experience in the attorney general's office. He spent 10 years under Bill Lockyer and then Jerry Brown before joining Steinberg's staff three years ago. Barankin will replace Terri Carbaugh, who served as Harris' chief of staff for the first months of her tenure.

Barankin's old job will be filled by Steinberg spokeswoman Alicia Trost, who will be promoted to job of communications director.

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