07/31/2019 11:26 EDT

Doug Ford Promotes Amin Massoudi To Key Role

Massoudi has played a critical role in Ontario's Progressive Conservative government, the premier's office says.

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Ontario Premier Doug Ford and his newly-appointed principal secretary Amin Massoudi return from a private chat at a campaign event in Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., on June 1, 2018.

TORONTO — A long-time adviser to Doug Ford and his late brother has been promoted to a key role in the premier’s office.

Amin Massoudi has been appointed as Ford’s principal secretary, a role that has been vacant since January.

He has been the premier’s deputy chief of staff since the Progressive Conservatives took power last year.

Massoudi also worked for Ford during his days as a city councillor and served as director of communications for former Toronto mayor Rob Ford.

The premier’s office says Massoudi has played a critical role in improving government services.

The staffing change comes after the departure of Doug Ford’s chief of staff Dean French last month in the wake of an appointments scandal.

The role of the premier’s principal secretary was previously held by Jenni Byrne, who was Ford’s director of field operations during last year’s election.

She left the post in January for a high-paid appointment with the province’s energy regulator.

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