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Mayor Ford promotes Earl Provost to acting chief of staff

Mayor Rob Ford has named Earl Provost his acting chief of staff.

Provost, who is currently Ford’s director of stakeholder and councillor relations, replaces Amir Remtulla, who left to take on a role with the Pan Am Games.

Ford’s press secretary George Christopoulos confirmed the news in a Tweet.

Remtulla is leaving city hall on July 20 to join the organizing committee of the 2015 Pan and Parapan American Games as vice-president of external partnerships. The event will be held in Toronto.

“Amir has brought tremendous leadership to my team,” Ford said in a statement earlier this month.

“His experience, advice and dedication to his work will be missed. I would like to thank him for his service and helping move a number of major accomplishments through council. I wish him all the best in his new role.”

Remtulla is the third high-profile member of Ford’s team to have left since the mayor took office in October 2010.  

Remtulla took over from Nick Kouvalis in February of 2011. Kouvalis, who was also Ford’s 2010 campaign manager, now works for Campaign Research, a marketing research agency.

Ford’s press secretary Adrienne Batra resigned on Dec. 2, 2011, to take a job with the Toronto Sun. She was replaced by Christopoulos, a former Sun reporter and Toronto Police spokesman.