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Governor Rick Scott today announced the appointment of Crystal Kinzel to the Collier County Clerk of the Circuit Court. She will fill a vacancy created by the death of Dwight Brock, beginning June 20, 2018.
Kinzel, 62, of Naples, is the Chief Deputy Clerk of the Collier County Clerk of the Circuit Court and received a business administration degree from George Washington University. She is appointed for a term beginning June 20, 2018, and ending November 13, 2018.
The Commissioner of Education Pam Stewart today announced long-time law enforcement officer Damien Kelly as director of the newly created Office of Safe Schools. Following the tragic shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, Governor Rick Scott signed into law the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Act. One component of the comprehensive law is the creation of the Office of Safe Schools within the Florida Department of Education (FDOE) and the appointment of its director.
On March 23, Governor Rick Scott sent a letter to district superintendents and school board members that set deadlines FDOE and each school district must meet. Governor Scott directed FDOE to hire a director for the newly created Office of Safe Schools by May 1, 2018.
Governor Rick Scott announced the appointment of Christian Cunningham to the Florida Southwestern State College District Board of Trustees.
Cunningham, 56, of Naples, is the chief human resources officer for Herc Rentals. He received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Pennsylvania. Cunningham succeeds Christopher Vernon, and is appointed for a term beginning January 30, 2018, and ending May 31, 2021.
The appointment is subject to confirmation by the Florida Senate.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) voted to appoint Eric Sutton, assistant executive director, to the position of executive director, effective Dec. 8. Nick Wiley, current executive director, retires later this month.
Commissioners touted Sutton’s extensive experience with challenging conservation issues and his positive relationships with fellow FWC staff.
“We have received many accolades for the agency under the leadership of Chairman Brian Yablonski and Executive Director Nick Wiley. They have been at the tip of the spear, but it’s the whole family who supports the conservation efforts,” said Commissioner Bo Rivard. “As we continue to face changes and new challenges, it is important to have continuity. Eric has been filling roles lately due to Nick’s national leadership positions and has proven himself capable of this important role.”
Sutton has been the FWC assistant executive director since May 2013. He has worked in government and the private sector since the early 1990s in areas including acquisition and management of public lands, land use regulations, listed species policy, invasive species management and coastal management. He received both his bachelor’s and master’s degree in zoology from the University of South Florida. The emphasis of his work was on endangered species population biology.
“Eric does a great job. I see that he’s got the confidence of his FWC family members, and how dedicated and concerned he is about the agency and people of Florida,” said Commissioner Robert Spottswood.
“As a sportsman and ecologist, it is a tremendous honor to be able to accept this challenge and represent such a talented and dedicated team managing the tremendous fish and wildlife resources of Florida,” said Eric Sutton.
Sutton’s appointment as executive director will now go to the Florida Senate for confirmation.
Governor Rick Scott today announced the appointment of Alfred “Mac” McNeill as interim Sheriff of Jefferson County upon the passing of Sheriff Hobbs for a term beginning November 30, 2017, and ending November 13, 2018.
Governor Scott said, “Sheriff David Hobbs dedicated his life to serving our country in the military and the families of Jefferson County as Sheriff. We are grateful for his service and our thoughts and prayers continue to be with his loved ones during this difficult time. Today, I am proud to appoint Mac McNeill, a military veteran with 20 years of law enforcement experience, to serve as Jefferson County Sheriff. I am confident that Mac will serve and protect the families of Jefferson County exceptionally and with the utmost integrity.”
Mac McNeill, 46, served with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement as supervisor of protection detail for Governor Scott, Governor Crist, and Governor Bush. Prior to this role, McNeill served in the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office from 1997 to 2004 in various roles, including on the office’s SWAT team. McNeill received his bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Saint Leo University and is a veteran of the United States Marine Corps.
Today, August 31st, Governor Rick Scott will announce his appointment for Hillsborough County Sheriff following Sheriff David Gee’s retirement.
WHAT: Press Conference
WHEN: 4:15 PM
WHERE: Boys & Girls Club of Tampa Bay
Freddie Solomon Club at Nuccio Park
4805 East Sligh Avenue
Tampa, Florida 33610
Governor Rick Scott announced the appointment of Judge Lourdes Simon to the Eleventh Judicial Circuit Court.
Simon, 49, of Miami, is currently a county judge for Dade County. She previously served as an Assistant Public Defender for the Miami-Dade Public Defender’s Office. She received her bachelor’s degree from Florida International University, and law degree from Nova Southeastern University School of Law. Simon fills the vacancy created by the elevation of Judge Robert Luck to the Third District Court of Appeal.
Florida Senate President Joe Negron (R-Stuart) today announced the appointment of Ken Kahn to the Enterprise Florida Board of Directors. Mr. Kahn’s appointment begins immediately and expires on July 5, 2021.
“Ken understands firsthand the opportunities available to businesses seeking to locate or expand here in Florida,” said President Negron. “He has a strong educational background and the diverse business and community service experiences needed to excel in this position. I am confident Ken will be a strong advocate for Florida businesses, and I am grateful that he has agreed to join the Enterprise Florida Team in this important capacity.”
Mr. Kahn is the President of LRP Publications, a legal and professional publishing company. An active member of his community, Mr. Kahn serves on the Palm Beach County Education Commission and the Alliance for Eating Disorder Awareness. He also serves on the executive committees of the Business Development Board of Palm Beach County, Economic Council of Palm Beach County, and Kravis Center Corporate Partners. He is an active member of the Florida Council of 100.
Mr. Kahn graduated from Cornell University and Harvard Law School. He has five children and currently resides in Palm Beach Gardens with his wife and two daughters.
Governor Rick Scott today announced the appointment of Jim Poppell as secretary of the Florida Lottery. Poppell will assume the role of secretary beginning July 10th. Secretary Tom Delacenserie left the Florida Lottery on June 2nd to pursue a new position in Kentucky. David Mica, who has served as chief of staff since 2016, has been the interim secretary at Florida Lottery.
Governor Scott said, “During his time at DEO, Jim has helped provide Florida families and businesses with the support they need to succeed. I am confident that Jim will continue the Lottery’s focus on fighting for students and achieving record sales to invest in our education system. I look forward to working with him to further support Florida students.”
Jim Poppell currently serves as Chief of Staff at the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) and previously served as DEO’s General Counsel. He has also held leadership positions at NextEra Energy, Inc. from 2008-2010 and Florida Power & Light Company from 2006-2008. Poppell also previously served as a minister for 21 years. Poppell received his bachelor’s degree from Eckerd College, his master’s degree from Spring Arbor University and his law degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law.