AUGUSTA – Gov. Paul LePage’s spokeswoman, Adrienne Bennett, has been promoted from press secretary to director of communications.

The change means she will be in charge of communications strategy in addition to being the governor’s primary spokesperson. Bennett has been filling the director’s role on an acting basis since the departure of Peter Rogers In February

In addition, LePage has hired a former aide to Sen. Olympia Snowe, R-Maine, to be the new deputy press secretary. Evan Beal was a staff assistant in Snowe’s office for a few months and is a 2011 graduate of George Washington University.

Beal assists Bennett with all media relations and will develop LePage’s social-media presence, according to an announcement of the personnel changes issued today.

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