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Ex-top Chafee official Licht sworn in as judge

Richard Licht, the ex-director of Rhode Island's Department of Administration, was sworn in as a superior court judge on Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014.

The ex-director of Rhode Island's Department of Administration has been sworn in as a superior court judge.

The ceremony for Richard Licht {}was held Wednesday at the State House.

Licht had served as Chafee's director of administration since he took office in 2011. He's also a former lieutenant governor and state senator. He was a practicing attorney before joining the administration.

Department of Labor and Training Director Charles Fogarty, who served as the master of ceremonies, called Licht "the go-to guy when you wanted to get it done in the right way."

Some had criticized the appointment because of the state's revolving door policy, but the state Ethics Commission found the rules barring some state officials from seeking another position did not apply to Licht.

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