Ex-Kasich adviser takes strategy job, keeps convention role

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – A long-time senior adviser to Republican Gov. John Kasich (KAY’-sik) has landed a job in the private sector.

Jai Chabria’s (jay cheh-BREE’-uh’s) new position at the bipartisan public strategy firm Mercury will dovetail with its opening of a new Ohio office.

A spokeswoman for the Ohio Republican Party says Chabria will continue in his role as a planning adviser to this summer’s Republican National Convention while holding the new job. Republicans pick their presidential nominee in Cleveland during the July 18-21 event.

Chabria’s departure from the governor’s office was announced in February, as Kasich was still campaigning for president.

Chabria has spent the past two decades working with Kasich on campaigns, at Lehman Brothers, and inside his administration.