Baker’s top attorney leaving, announced replacement

Boston Statehouse

Gov. Charlie Baker’s chief legal counsel Lon Povich will be leaving the administration after four years, part of an ongoing transition in the administration as the governor’s second term begins to pick up speed.

Povich, who was one of Baker’s earliest hires after his first win in 2014.

He will be replaced by Bob Ross, a fixture at the State House who currently works as general counsel in the governor’s budget office and was a top policy advisor to former Democratic Senate President Therese Murray.

Since winning a second term in January, Baker has had to replace to two Cabinet secretaries – Public Safety and Housing and Economic Development – as well as the general manager of the MBTA, the director of emergency management and the undersecretary of consumers affairs and business regulation.

He has also brought several junior aides from the campaign into his press shop.

Povich was brought into the administration early on in 2014 after Baker won his first term, hired from BJ’s Wholesale Club where he was the company’s top lawyer.

Baker and Povich worked together in the administration of former Gov. Bill Weld in the 1990s, and Povich, a Democrat, was part of a bipartisan team that Baker assembled at the start of his governorship.

Ross joined the administration in early 2015 after a stint leading former Attorney General Martha Coakley’s business and labor bureau. Ross filled in for a brief time as chief of staff in the attorney general’s office during the tail end of Coakley’s campaign for governor against Baker.

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