William Daley Named Obama’s Next Chief of Staff

BY News Desk  January 6, 2011 at 1:15 PM EDT

Updated 2:50 p.m. | President Obama introduced William Daley as his new chief of staff Thursday, calling him an experienced public servant, devoted patriot and friend.

Daley, a former Secretary of Commerce under President Clinton with Wall Street experience, will bring an outsider’s voice to the senior administration team as the calendar turns toward a re-election campaign.

Daley will replace Pete Rouse, who has filled the role of interim chief after Rahm Emanuel left the post. Rouse is a behind-the-scenes Obama adviser who did not want the position permanently and recommended Daley for it, according to media reports. Rouse WILL return to his role as a senior adviser to President Obama.

From the New York Times:

“The arrival of Mr. Daley, the brother of Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley, is the latest acceleration of what White House officials have described as an overhaul of the president’s senior staff. Robert Gibbs, the White House press secretary, also on Wednesday announced that he will leave next month to become an outside political adviser to the president.

Next week, David Plouffe, Mr. Obama’s campaign manager in 2008, is expected to begin at the White House to take over the role that David Axelrod has played as the president’s top political adviser.”

Read more background on Daley from Politico, the Washington Post, and C-SPAN by way of WBEZ Chicago.