Governor Rick Scott appointed Ryan Matthews as the Interim Secretary of the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP).
Governor Scott said, “Ryan’s hard work and dedication to protecting Florida’s environment have led the way to improved water quality and stronger environmental policies for Florida. I am confident that he will continue to fight to protect Florida’s pristine environment as Interim Secretary.”
Ryan has been at DEP since 2015 serving as Director of the Office of Water Policy, and most recently, Deputy Secretary of Regulatory Programs. Prior to joining DEP, Ryan served as the Associate Legislative Affairs Director for the Florida League of Cities. He received his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Florida and his Juris Doctor from Florida Coastal School of Law in 2008. In 2009, Ryan obtained his Master of Laws degree Environmental/Natural Resources Law from the University of Denver – Sturm College of Law.
The Cabinet Governance Guidelines adopted by the Governor and Cabinet call for the Governor to name an interim appointee to temporarily fill this vacancy, subject to approval of the interim appointments by the Cabinet. The process of making a permanent appointment will also be governed by the Cabinet Governance Guidelines. Next week, the Governor and Cabinet will meet via phone to discuss this interim appointment.