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Movers & Shakers: Legislative aides shuffle, Polytech hires COO

Senate leadership has brought on new staff, according to the provisional directory. Christopher Clark is the chief of staff, Reynold Meyer is the Deputy Chief of Staff on the legislative process, Katie Betta is the deputy chief of staff for communications, George Levesque is general counsel, Frank Fuller is senior policy adviser on education, Rick Harper is senior policy adviser on economic affairs, Lisa Vickers is senior policy adviser on governmental operations, Carol Gormley is senior policy adviser on health and environment, Eric Edwards is chief legislative assistant, Carlecia Collins is office manager and scheduler, Mary Mica is front office coordinator, and Britton Alexander is legislative research analyst.

The House directory will be printed the first week of December, according to the clerk's office.

Newly sworn in lawmakers have also been snapping up dozens of staff. For example, Sen. Jeff Clemens, D-Lake Worth  hired Elizabeth Hartnett-Murphy and Johanna DuPlecy and Sen. Joe Abruzzo, D-Wellington hired Jessica Neer and Emily Slosberg.

Jim Rimes, former executive director of the Republican Party of Florida, will be the new staff director for the Senate Majority Office.

While Kristen McDonald has left her post at the Republican Party of Florida to be communications chief at the House Majority Office, she said.

Meanwhile, trustees for Florida's newest public university have appointed Ava Parker as the school's chief operating officer. Parker has been with the Board of Governors for more than ten years, including as chairwoman.

Movers & Shakers is a weekly catalog of political personnel changes. Send tips to bdavis@tampabay.com or via Twitter @britt_alana.

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