A day after the Massachusetts Democratic Party revealed Stacey Monahan was stepping down as executive director, Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. JudyAnn Bigby announced Monahan was joining the Patrick administration.
She will serve as chief of staff to the Cabinet secretary.
"I am confident that Stacey will be a strong addition to our team," Bigby said of the Boston College graduate.
Monahan begins her new job on March 21.
Monahan ran day-to-day affairs at the party when Republican Scott Brown staged an upset and won the January 2010 special election to replace the late Senator Edward M. Kennedy. She also was in charge on Nov. 2, when the Democrats rebounded.
Governor Deval Patrick not only won a second term, and his party bucked the GOP tide sweeping the nation by retaining all 10 of the state's US House seats even as Republicans reclaimed the chamber's majority.
Monahan is being replaced at the party by Clare Kelly, who supervised Patrick's field operation last fall.
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