Today in Tallahassee, Jimmy Patronis was officially sworn in as Florida’s Chief Financial Officer, replacing Jeff Atwater who is leaving state government to pursue a career in higher education. As a former member of the Florida House of Representatives and a successful business owner, Patronis brings to the Department a unique expertise of the Florida economy as well as private sector perspective on many of the Department’s key issues, such as financial accountability, protecting employees from the harmful effects of on-the-job injuries, contract management and the importance of providing consumer services aimed at improving the quality of life of all Floridians.
“Florida is without a doubt the best place to live, work and raise a family,” said Chief Patronis. “I am honored to serve my fellow Floridians in this capacity, and I look forward to continuing the legacy of CFO Jeff Atwater in creating the same opportunities and success that my family has seen for all Floridians.”
The Chief Financial Officer oversees the Department of Financial Services, serves as Florida’s State Fire Marshal and as a member of the Florida Cabinet.
The Department of Financial Services manages the state’s accounting and auditing functions, monitors the investment of state funds and manages Florida’s risk management program. The Department also serves as the clearinghouse for insurance information, licensing insurance agents and addressing consumer complaints involving insurance companies. Law enforcement units aggressively fight insurance and public assistance fraud and ensure that employers adequately provide workers’ compensation insurance for employees.
Jimmy Patronis was born and raised in the Florida Panhandle. The Patronis Family owns and operates Captain Anderson’s, a Panama City restaurant currently celebrating its 50th anniversary. He served in the Florida House from 2006 to 2014, and has earned degrees from Gulf State College and Florida State University.