Former leader to come back as chief of staff 

Former leader to come back as chief of staff The man who managed Gavin Newsom’s staff during his first three years as mayor will return as chief of staff after Human Services Agency Director Trent Rhorer, pictured, announced Thursday that he would not take the job due to “personal reasons.”

Steve Kawa, a City Hall insider and former Mayor Willie Brown staffer, said that after a two-year hiatus, he was ready to return to the post. Kawa resigned in 2006, after working more than 15 years at City Hall, to spend more time with his husband and their two children.

“When the mayor of your city calls you up and asks you to serve again, you can’t say no,” Kawa said Thursday.

Rhorer said his leave of absence should only be temporary as he spends time with his family. Jim Buick, Deputy Director of Economic Support and Self-Sufficiency for the HSA, will serve as acting director until Rhorer returns.

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