Yet another staffer has fled Vice President Kamala Harris’s office, raising serious questions about staffing sustainability amid massive turnover.
On Thursday, the office for Kamala Harris announced that the vice president’s chief of staff, Tina Flournoy, is leaving. The now empty position is set to be filled by Lorraine Voles, who serves as a top advisor to the Vice President.
Flournoy’s departure emerges less than a month after the vice president’s announcement regarding who deputy chief of staff, who is set to leave in May.
Vice President Harris proclaimed that Flournoy has served as a valuable “confidant” and “adviser,” as well as a “tremendous leader for the office.”
“[Flournoy] is the consummate public servant,” Harris proclaimed, indicating that she would continue to rely upon the friendship, counsel, and advice she provides.
Voles, set to fill Flournoy’s shoes, previously worked as the communications director for Vice President Al Gore. In addition, she as also served as an advisor to Hillary Clinton.
In Summer 2021, she was hired by Kamala Harris’s office.
Flournoy’s abrupt exit marks one of several from the vice president’s tumultuous team. On March 21, National Security Adviser Nancy McEldowney declared she was stepping down from her role.
The White House stated that McEldowney would be replaced by Philip Gordon, her deputy.
Harris’s office has been marked by a series of departures and staffing issues ever since Biden ascended to the Oval Office.