Columbus, Ohio (AP) -- Government is a place where people come and go.
For the Strickland administration lately, they especially go.
Since May, six key aides to the democratic governor have left their posts -- several in the wake of negative media attention, unsatisfactory performance or internal strife.
Former statehouse journalist Mary Anne Sharkey, who later served as republican governor Bob Taft's communications chief, says the pace of the Strickland administration departures seems unusual.
But governor Ted Strickland's cabinet secretary Jan Allen says she thinks the number of first-term exits is within normal bounds.
She says gubernatorial appointees serve at the pleasure of the governor and most expect to step aside gracefully when the time arises.
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