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Gov. Ritter's deputy chief of staff resigns

The second-in-command of Gov. Bill Ritter's staff is leaving the capitol.


Kelly Nordini, who was instrumental in the administration's successful effort to convince the General Assembly to raise the amount of renewable energy that must be generated by utilities, is going to work for an environmental advocacy organization.


Before joining Ritter's staff in 2007 Nordini was the chief of staff to the Democratic members of the state House of Representatives.


Ritter applauded her work in his office in a statement.


“She is a consummate problem-solver and is able to build trust among groups that often have opposing viewpoints,” he said.


Among Nordini's other achievements while on Ritter's team is helping to secure passage of a bill that will force Excel Energy to convert coal-fired power plants to natural gas.


She is the third senior staff member to leave Ritter's employ in the last few months. Chief counsel Trey Rogers and deputy press spokeperson George Merritt quit in February. Rogers returned to private law practice and Merritt joined the gubernatorial campaign of Denver mayor John Hickenlooper.


Nordini has agreed to go to work for the Western Conservation Foundation.


Ritter is not seeking re-election to a second term.

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