Susan Pedgen, best known as the press secretary for Charles Fogarty during his two terms as lieutenant governor, has gotten the nod to become chief legal counsel for House Speaker Gordon Fox. She’s slated to start $121,308 job next Monday, December 3.
Pegden will be the first woman to be chief legal counsel for a speaker, according to Fox spokesman Larry Berman. As a resident of Hope Street, she is also a constituent of the speaker.
Peter Kerwin, who was fired earlier this year from a job as program director for the Rhode Island Higher Education Assistance Authority, says the state Personnel Appeals Board voted yesterday not to take up his case.
Joseph R. Palumbo, the lawyer for the RIHEAA, couldn’t be reached for comment.
Kerwin says he found the Personnel Appeals Board’s decision curious since, he says, lawyers from both sides were asked during an October 9 meeting to schedule four additional dates in November to discuss the case.
After years of building his political credentials, West Warwick native Paul Tencher is at the center of one of the nation’s closest, hardest-fought US Senate races — the Indiana fight between Democrat Joe Donnelly and Republican Richard Mourdock.