Arizona governor's chief of staff, Kirk Adams, stepping down

PHOENIX (AP) - Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey's chief of staff is stepping down after helping the Republican governor negotiate his first term in office.

Kirk Adams is a former Arizona House speaker who became chief of staff after the governor was elected in 2014. The chief of staff helps the governor set policy and negotiate with lawmakers on budget and other issues.

The governor's office said in a statement that Adams' last day will be Dec. 14 and his replacement will be named later. Adams said he is "looking forward to other opportunities outside of state government."

Adams has been seen as a potential pick for the late Sen. John McCain's seat now held by Jon Kyl. Kyl said he might serve only until January.

Adams didn't immediately return a call seeking comment.

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