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Personnel file: Pearse Edwards rejoins Gov. Perdue's staff

Pearse Edwards is rejoining Gov. Bev Perdue's office 14 months after he departed.

He assumes his former post as senior advisor on communications and even retakes his old office. Edwards most recently worked as a spokesman for Lt. Gov. Walter Dalton's Democratic primary campaign and then led a communications firm in Greensboro.

His move comes days after two top Perdue staffers departed the lame-duck administration. Perdue's chief communications aide Jon Romano left for a job in D.C. Perdue press secretary Chris Mackey will assume the communications director responsibilities. Her position will not be filled.

The other staffer to depart was Stephen Neumann, who joined Perdue's staff about the time Edwards departed in 2011.

Edwards made headlines when he joined Perdue's staff making $136,000 a year. No word on whether he will retain his salary this time.

Deputy Chief of Staff Kevin McLaughlin said Edwards helped with the transition of Washington state Gov. Gary Locke and will be a valuable asset as Perdue transitions out of office.


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