The chief of staff to Michigan's Speaker of the House leaving for new job

Jul 17, 2013

LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Michigan House Speaker Jase Bolger's chief of staff is leaving to take a job in the private sector in northern Michigan.

Bolger on Wednesday announced that Suzanne Miller Allen will resign at the end of August. She's a long-time Republican staffer who splits her time between Lansing and Traverse City, an area her husband Jason represented as a state lawmaker from 1999 through 2010.

Allen also was chief of staff to former Senate Majority Leader Ken Sikkema and former House Speaker Paul Hillegonds.

She calls the decision to leave "emotional and bittersweet" and says she's proud of the House's accomplishments since becoming Bolger's top aide 21/2 years ago.

Bolger says he'll take several weeks to review options in finding a replacement. Allen's next job hasn't been made public.