The turnaround artist who helped get stories about Gov. Deval Patrick’s Cadillac and fancy curtains off the front page has more news that he’s thus far kept under wraps: He’s in it for the long haul.

The turnaround artist who helped get stories about Gov. Deval Patrick’s Cadillac and fancy curtains off the front page has more news that he’s thus far kept under wraps: He’s in it for the long haul.

Doug Rubin, brought in last April to oversee a huge staff skakeup as Patrick suffered one humiliating public relations fiasco after another, originally said he’d stay just long enough to right the ship of state.

 But with his six-month anniversary on the job coming up on Oct. 16, Rubin now says he will remain as Patrick’s chief of staff and right-hand man.

 “I’m sticking around for a while,” Rubin, 39, a Natick resident, said in an interview with GateHouse News Service last week at his State House office overlooking Boston Common. “I’m excited about the work.”

 A longtime Democratic political consultant and campaign strategist, Rubin spent two years on Patrick’s long-shot run for governor, helping to engineer the Democrat’s landslide victory over Republican Lt. Gov. Kerry Healey.

 At first Rubin turned down a job a job with the new Patrick administration, hoping to go back to his consulting business, spend more time with his wife and three young daughters, and presumably earn more than the $100,000 he would collect as the governor’s chief of staff.

 As Rubin went back to work for himself, the freshman governor got entangled in a spiralling web of politically embarrassing decisions and mistakes.

 Patrick, for instance, earned the nickname “Cadillac Deval” after upgrading his state vehicle - a Cadillac DeVille with a $1,666 monthly lease, some $500 a month more than the Crown Victoria used by his predecessor. The media also latched onto the fact he spent nearly $27,000 on curtains and stylish furnishings for his State House office.

 That wasn’t all. The Patrick pile-on continued after reports surfaced he hired a $72,000-a-year aide for his wife, who didn’t have a formal job in the administration. And Patrick admitted to making a phone call from his office on behalf of a former employer criticized for predatory lending practices, Ameriquest Mortgage.

 Patrick responded to the bad press with a series of frustrated complaints about the media.

 When that didn’t work, he decided to shake-up his staff.

 Patrick’s first choice for chief of staff, Joan Wallace-Benjamin, the head of a social service agency with limited political experience, was among those to go. Rubin stepped up, in her place.

 Then quickly - almost miraculously - Patrick’s missteps stopped.

 Rubin’s secret? Better communication among the governor’s staff, and a unified focus on the issues.

 “Some of these other missteps took all the attention, so people weren’t focused on what they were doing,” Rubin said. “They had made tremendous strides from day one on a lot of issues, but they tended to get overshadowed by those other issues.”

 A daily 7:45 am conference call and regular staff meetings with Patrick’s policy, legislative and media team are part of that communication. So, too, are Rubin’s regular cell phone conversations - too many a day for him to count.

 “Now the focus is back where it should be, which is on the issues,” he said.

 Initially, Rubin agreed only to stay for a few months, perhaps through the governor’s first budget season. But now that he’s there, Rubin says he’s committed to remaining on the job.

 “Obviously there were some issues that came up that were hurting his ability to get his agenda across,” Rubin said. “All of us wanted to see what we could do at that point, to try to be helpful.”

 The biggest downsides to staying on the job, Rubin said, are a grueling Massachusetts Turnpike commute, and long days spent away from his wife and three daughters, ages 8, 6, and 2.

 Still, long days at the office have their good points.

 “It’s actually crazier in my house than it is in here,” Rubin said.

Tom Benner of The Patriot Ledger (Quincy, Mass.)  may be reached at tbenner@ledger.com.