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Chris Healy (Hugh McQuaid File Photo)

Senate Republicans announced Tuesday they have hired Chris Healy, a former chairman of the state Republican Party, as a spokesman and policy analyst.

Healy will begin his new job early next month near the start of the legislative session. He will be making $82,000 per year. In a press release, incoming Senate Minority Leader Len Fasano said the former GOP chief will help Senate Republicans better communicate their ideas.

“The legislative process only works when there is open and frequent communication between lawmakers and the public. As our caucus continues to grow, so do our policy ideas, and so does the need to communicate these fresh ideas with people across the state. As Communications and Policy Analyst, Mr. Healy will help us direct this growth into strong messaging and robust outreach efforts,” he said.

In the press release, Healy said he looked “forward to working with our state’s dedicated Republican senators and identifying new ways to widen communication channels with the public.”

Healy worked as party chairman from 2007 to 2011. He maintains a political strategy blog and has worked as a campaign consultant.

Although he was not charged with a crime and did not testify at trial, prosecutors labeled Healy as an unindicted co-conspirator in the campaign scheme involving former Gov. John G. Rowland, who was convicted in September.

At the time, Healy worked as a communications aide for 2012 congressional candidate Lisa Wilson-Foley, who pleaded guilty to related charges. He claimed during the campaign that Rowland was not working for Wilson-Foley, but some of Healy’s emails, used as evidence by prosecutors during the trial, suggest Healy was aware of the arrangement.

In a Tuesday phone interview, Healy declined to comment on the case and his work for Wilson-Foley.

Wilson-Foley is scheduled to be sentenced on Jan. 13. Rowland is scheduled to be sentenced on Jan. 7, the same day Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy is to be sworn in for his second-term.

Having picked up a seat in the Senate, the Republican caucus has a little bit more money to hire more staff. In addition to Healy’s position, they also hired Avery Gaddis as their director of urban affairs. Both Healy’s position and Gaddis’ position are new.