by: COURTESY OF GOVERNOR'S OFFICE  - Mike Bonetto Two top members of Gov. Kitzhaber’s staff are moving on to new jobs outside the governor’s office.

Curtis Robinhold, the governor’s chief of staff, will leave to become deputy executive director of the Port of Portland. Tim Raphael, the governor’s communications director, will join public affairs firm Strategies 360, as its senior vice president for Oregon operations.

Mike Bonetto, the governor’s health policy advisor, will step up to become Kitzhaber’s new chief of staff, replacing Robinhold.

Bonetto will lead a search for a new communications director and new health policy advisor.

Bonetto previously served as vice president of business and community development for St. Charles Health System, and senior vice president of planning and development for Clear Choice Health Plans. Earlier, he was senior policy advisor to the Oregon Senate Republican caucus.

Robinhold is the latest in a series of politically connected people, especially from Kitzhaber’s staff, moving to jobs at the Port of Portland.

Bill Wyatt, the port executive director, was Kitzhaber’s chief of staff during his previous stint at governor. Kitzhaber’s chief spokesman during his first years in office, Bob Applegate, also moved to a port job, though he has since moved on.

Tom Imeson, the port’s public affairs director, served as Kitzhaber’s transition team leader back in 1994-95, during the governor’s prior stint in office, and again in 2010, when Kitzhaber won his third term. Imeson also worked for former Governors Neil Goldschmidt and Ted Kulongoski and former U.S. Senator Mark Hatfield.

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