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Rob Ford: Amid the chaos, mayor hires new staffer

About four hours elapsed on Tuesday between Rob Ford’s stunning crack cocaine admission and his formal apology to residents. And it seems the mayor spent some of that time interviewing the newest member of his staff.

As a crush of reporters waited outside Ford’s office for him to explain his surprise confession, Kathleen Wright was behind those glass doors, being interviewed for a junior job with the embattled mayor, two sources told Torstar.

Wright, the 23-year-old daughter of Ipsos pollster John Wright, told her colleagues at Historica Canada, where she was on contract, that Ford and his chief of staff Earl Provost conducted the interview, one source said.

Wright got the job. She was spotted inside the mayor’s offices, sitting at a table with policy director Sheila Paxton, on Thursday, her first day.

She did not respond to a request for comment.

The new addition to Ford’s team comes on the heels of the resignation of policy adviser Brooks Barnett on Wednesday.

The city’s communications chief Jackie DeSouza confirmed that a new staffer started in the mayor’s office on Thursday. DeSouza said she could not release the staffer’s name because the paperwork had yet to be processed. The Star called Ford’s office on Thursday and asked for Wright, but a man who answered the phone said, “Wrong number.”

According to her LinkedIn profile, Wright studied journalism at Wilfrid Laurier and Centennial College, and has worked as an editorial assistant for CTV News and an intern chase producer at Citytv.

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