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The new world order inside Gov. Rick Scott's office


Eight weeks after Steve MacNamara was announced as Gov. Rick Scott's chief of staff, a copy of the new organizational chart inside the state's most powerful political office has been posted online.

Some highlights:

• MacNamara has once again raided the staff of his former boss, Senate President Mike Haridopolos. The chart shows that Marc Slager, the Senate's information technology director, is the new cabinet affairs director for Scott. The position, which carries a deputy chief of staff title, was held by Doug Darling, the director of the new Department of Economic Opportunity. (To see a copy of the previous org chart, click here.)

• Other staffers who recently left the Senate are Chris Finkbeiner, the chief policy adviser, and Amy Bisceglia, MacNamara's executive assistant. That means three of the eight people who report directly to MacNamara came with him from the Senate.

• Bisceglia's title is a new one. She has some of the duties of what previously had been the executive deputy chief of staff. She's also the office point person on some things that weren't identified on the last org chart, like the Able Trust, Florida's Foundation and office interns.

• MacNamara's duties: appointments, executive placement and information systems. That compares to the duties of his predecessor, Mike Prendergast: emergency management, administration, information systems.

• The Office of Open Government, one of the governor's busiest offices, isn't identified on the latest chart. It was on the original. We missed this, but the office now reports to Carrie O'Rourke, a deputy cheif of staff, instead of directly to the chief of staff.


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It's always people's titles that are posted as some sort of job qualifications but what exactly are the skill sets they bring to the job that will support a successful tenure? Why is that never mentioned? Maybe if seats were filled by people with actual TALENT for the jobs they are appointed to, we would not be ruled by political hacks? How is a Senate information technology director qualified to be cabinet affairs director?

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