U.S. Sen. Richard Burr's chief of staff, Alicia Peterson Clark, will leave that post to take a job for a public relations firm in Washington.
Clark started with Burr, a Winston-Salem Republican, during his House of Representatives days, serving as scheduler, press secretary and chief of staff, Barb Barrett reports.
She worked with with the Bush-Cheney campaign during the 2000 presidential race and in the White House during the first Bush term. She returned to Burr's Senate office as his chief of staff in 2005.
Replacing Clark will be Chris Joyner, Burr's former policy director. Joyner is returning to Capitol Hill from the lobbying world. He left Burr's office in March 2006 to work for the American Petroleum Institute, where he lobbied on energy issues.
Joyner will be back as Burr's chief of staff June 2.
"You always hate these things, but I knew she'd be here for only a finite period of time," Burr said about Clark’s departure.
"I'm looking forward to having Chris Joyner come back," Burr said. "From an office perspective, I don't think we’re going to miss a beat, because he was trained by Alicia."
Correction: An earlier version had some details incorrect.