(WASHINGTON) -- Michelle Obama's chief of staff is stepping down.
The first lady's office says Susan Sher will return to Chicago after the first of next year. A replacement has not yet been determined.
This marks the second chief of staff Mrs. Obama has gone through in only two years. Her first chief of staff, Jackie Norris, departed in June of 2009.
“Susan has been both a colleague and a dear friend for decades, and I have been grateful every day for her leadership and wise counsel in Washington,” said first lady Michelle Obama in a paper statement. “I also very much appreciate her generosity in staying longer than she initially planned –- spending so many months away from her family in Chicago -– to help me build my office in the East Wing. I wish her all the best.”
The White House has also put out a paper statement from the president.
“Susan has brought tremendous skill and dedication to the first lady’s office, as well as my administration’s outreach to the Jewish community and our efforts to pass health care reform, and I thank her for her service,” President Obama said.
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