St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman’s new chief of staff is Dana Bailey, a native of the city’s East Side and a senior adviser to Gov. Mark Dayton.
Coleman announced his selection Tuesday, adding that Bailey comes aboard on Feb. 23. She succeeds Erin Dady, who left Jan. 5 to serve as special assistant to University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler, as head of the Office of Government and Community Relations.
“Dana’s extensive experience working in a leadership capacity with the governor’s office on some of the state’s most complex issues, paired with her dedication and passion to her hometown of St. Paul, make her a fantastic fit for chief of staff,” Coleman said in a statement.
Bailey, 37, also worked on Dayton’s staff when he served in the U.S. Senate and was his gubernatorial campaign manager in 2010.
Coleman noted her expertise in creating budgets, negotiating agreements and handling crisis management.
“As a lifelong resident of St. Paul, I am extremely excited to serve my fellow residents and be part of the team that keeps this city moving forward,” a statement from Bailey read.
Bailey lives in St. Paul with her husband and a son.