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Mayor Rob Ford Will Lose Most of His Senior Staff to Norm Kelly

The mayor's most trusted advisers are moving on.

The first direct consequences of Monday’s insane city council meeting are here. The Globe is reporting that Mayor Rob Ford, whose powers and office budget were largely transferred to Deputy Mayor Norm Kelly after Monday’s council vote, will be losing a number of his most senior staffers. Most significant among the departures from the mayor’s office is Earl Provost, who took over as Ford’s chief of staff after his last chief of staff, Mark Towhey, was fired during the crack scandal’s first wave. (By our count, we’re now on third-wave crack scandal, at least.) The Globe says Provost will now work directly for Kelly. Among the other former Ford staffers who will now work for the deputy mayor are Ford’s deputy chief of staff and his policy director. Ford is expected to retain nine staff members, including his notoriously short-fused logistics director, David Price.

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