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Ontario Premier Doug Ford has named a former Postmedia vice-president as his new chief of staff.

Jamie Wallace has served in the role on an interim basis since June, when Dean French resigned.

Mr. French abruptly left the chief-of-staff job amid controversy over a series of government appointees who were found to have personal ties to him.

Mr. Wallace first joined Mr. Ford’s office in January as a deputy chief of staff after serving in various senior roles at Postmedia.

He also previously covered the Ontario legislature as a reporter and worked in communications for the Progressive Conservative government in the early 2000s.

In a note to staff, Mr. Wallace says he is grateful for the opportunity to address the challenges facing the province.

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