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Faulconer names Puetz as chief of staff

San Diego Mayor-elect Kevin Faulconer on Tuesday announced his first appointment to his incoming mayoral staff, naming long-time aide Stephen Puetz as his chief of staff.

Puetz has previously worked with Faulconer as chief of staff in his City Council office, as a representative overseeing community outreach and most recently as campaign manager during the recently concluded mayoral race.

A statement from Faulconer's office says Puetz has a strong track record of public policy development and management, including managing complex budget issues and land-use matters.

After graduating California State University at San Marcos in 2004, Puetz began a career that included helping individual election campaigns as well as working for Republican-oriented political consulting firms, including Axiom Strategies and Revolvis Consulting.

Puetz helped manage the successful City Council bids of Scott Sherman and Mark Kersey in 2012, and Assembly races of Shirley Horton and Martin Garrick in 2006, serving as Garrick's district director for nearly a year after his election.

He also managed the unsuccessful campaign of John Oxendine for governor of Georgia and was political director of the unsuccessful campaign of Tom Foley for governor of Connecticut in 2010.

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