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Gov. Scott's director of appointments steps down

Chester Spellman, who held the low-profile but important and politically delicate post as Gov. Rick Scott's director of appointments, is resigning, the governor's office confirmed Friday.

Spellman, who worked for several non-profits before he entered government, will take the position of chief executive officer of Volunteer Florida next month. His last day in the governor's office is May 11.

“Chester has been an integral part of my team and has been a tremendous asset in helping me identify highly qualified individuals to serve on various boards throughout the state," Scott said in a statement released Friday. "I am pleased that Chester will continue to be a vital member of my administration in his new role."

It was Spellman's job to help screen thousands of applicants for the hundreds of boards and commissions whose members are appointees of the governor. Spellman was the person who notified hundreds of appointees who were not confirmed by the Senate that the governor's office would review their applications, and Scott decided to revoke 10 appointments out of nearly 350.

Spellman's successor as director of appointments will be Hannah Causseaux, who worked in House Speaker Dean Cannon's office handling public records requests and legislative appointments. A former Republican Party staffer who worked on House campaigns, Causseaux also is a former deputy scheduling director in the governor's office. "Hannah has a wealth of experience and will be a great addition to my office,” Scott said in a statement.

-- Steve Bousquet