POLITICS
12/23/2010 10:57 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Valerie Jarrett: 'New Face' May Serve As White House Chief Of Staff

Senior White House adviser Valerie Jarrett said Thursday that the White House might soon be seeking to fill open staff positions with candidates from outside the administration.

In an interview with MSNBC's "Morning Joe" Jarrett said that people could expect to see some "new faces" with "outside voices" in the White House next year, including possibly in the chief of staff position, which is now temporarily held by Peter Rouse, who replaced Rahm Emanuel when Emanuel left to run for mayor of Chicago.

"I think that we certainly are looking for some new faces. Larry Summers left, Rahm left, there will probably be some new faces," Jarrett said. "I think, as in any administration, after a couple of years for a variety of reasons, people move on and there's an opportunity to bring some new people in. And I think the president is interested in doing that."

A number of other high profile departures have shaken up the White House in the last couple months, with Budget Director Peter Orszag -- now employed by Citigroup -- and head of the Council of Economic Advisers Christina Romer both stepping down over the summer. Obama's top adviser, David Axelrod, also announced that he'd be leaving the administration sometime early next year to return to Chicago. Obama's former campaign manager, David Plouffe, is expected to return to the president's side to replace Axelrod.