As Gov. Rick Scott's communications director, Melissa Sellers, shifts to managing his campaign for re-election, changes are underway in his communications shop.
Replacing Sellers as communications director will be her deputy, Frank Collins III. Collins, like Sellers, was part of Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal's press operation before coming to Florida. The 29-year-old Collins held a variety of posts under Jindal including campaign field director, transition press assistant, assistant press secretary and press secretary before following Sellers to Tallahassee.
Collins is a native of Stonewall, LA and has a bachelor's degree in international studies from LSU.
Also joining Scott's revamped election-year press shop as deputy communications director is Monica Russell, who has been director of communications at the Department of Economic Opportunity. A University of Florida graduate, she previously was a partner in North Public Relations, a Tallahassee firm.
-- Steve Bousquet