Chuck Drago, deputy chief of staff to former Gov. Charlie Crist and Department of Business and Professional Regulation secretary, has joined Ioppolo Law Group as director of government affairs. Drago is the president of Drago Professional Consultants, providing consulant work on police practices and litigation support to attorneys, government and businesses. He joins Craig Miller, US Senate candidate and former CEO of Ruth's Chris Steakhouse, and Frank Ioppolo Jr. and Frank Ioppolo Sr. at the Lake Mary firm.
Florida State Board of Education member Mark Kaplan resigned last week for a new role with The Mosaic Company in Minnesota. And Gov. Rick Scott named a new member to the state board Monday to replace Susan Story, who resigned to take an out-of-state job. His pick? Health care executive Barbara Feingold, 59, of Delray Beach, a former speech and language pathologist in Broward County.
Former Tampa City Council member John J. Dingfelder has joined the legal staff of the American Civil Liberties Union of Florida. His focus will be on religious freedom and other civil liberties issues, the group announced Monday. The University of Florida and Virginia Tech alumnus will work from Tampa. Dingfelder lost his bid for Hillsborough County Commission in 2010.
William S. Spann, former Florida Office of Financial Regulation chief of staff, is the new chief executive officer of International Premium Cigar and Pipe Retailers Association. Spann's prior roles include communications director and Department of Children and Families chief of staff under former Gov. Jeb Bush. He was also president of the Associated General Contractors of Greater Florida.
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