PROVIDENCE, R.I. — The Rhode Island Ethics Commission has chosen a long-time staff attorney to lead as its new executive director.

Jason Gramitt confirmed he was offered the job and accepted Wednesday, succeeding Kent Willever. The Providence Journal reports Willever took a buyout offer from Democratic Gov. Gina Raimondo’s administration, and he will retire on April 15.

Willever says he had been contemplating retirement over the past year and recently decided this was a good time to move on to other endeavors, citing the stability of the commission.

Ethics Commission Chairman Ross Cheit says Gramitt was the unanimous choice from among 13 applicants, citing the attorney’s combination of skills making him the best fit.

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