Salazar names chief of staff at Interior |

Salazar names chief of staff at Interior

The Associated Press
Aspen, CO Colorado

DENVER ” Newly confirmed Interior Secretary Ken Salazar has named Denver attorney Tom Strickland his chief of staff.

Salazar introduced Strickland Wednesday to Interior Department staffers in Washington, D.C.

The 56-year-old Strickland lost two Senate races against Colorado Republican Wayne Allard. He left a job in the health care industry to work for Salazar.

Strickland was former Gov. Dick Lamm’s director of policy and research. He also was U.S. attorney for Colorado for two years.

Salazar resigned his U.S. Senate seat from Colorado and was confirmed Tuesday as secretary.

Gov. Bill Ritter appointed Denver school superintendent Michael Bennet, a Democrat, to serve the remaining two years of Salazar’s term. Bennet is expected to be sworn in this week.

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