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Movers & Shakers: Scott's legislative affairs director moves on, DOH hires new communications director

This week's Movers & Shakers is short and sweet.

DOH appoints new communications director

State Surgeon General Dr. John Armstrong hired Hue Reynolds as the new communications director for the Florida Department of Health.

Reynolds will coordinate media relations, internal and external communications, communications training, and marketing.

“Ms. Reynolds brings management expertise and diverse communication experience from her work across state agencies and professional trade organizations,” Armstrong said.  “She is ready to lead the talented team of DOH communications and marketing professionals as we expand our multi-media initiatives.”

Reynolds was previously the external affairs director at the Agency for Persons with Disabilities and served as the deputy director for communications and external Affairs at the Florida Department of Education.

Prior to her work in state government, Reynolds worked in the web development and design arena, serving as the web manager for the Florida Medical Association and the Florida Institute of CPAs.

Donna Williams, director of Tobacco Free Florida, had been serving as interim communications director.

Gov. Rick Scott’s legislative affairs director moves on

Gov. Rick Scott's legislative affairs director, Jon Costello, will be stepping down Sept. 7.

He’s accepted a position for the North Florida Water Management District.

Previously, Costello worked for the Tallahassee law firm of Rutledge, Ecenia and Purnell as a government consultant. In a press release from the Governor’s Office, Costello called working with Scott “the opportunity of a lifetime.”

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