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Gov. Rick Scott appoints new leader for DBPR


Gov. Rick Scott on Tuesday appointed Matilde Miller to be the interim secretary of the Department of Business and Professional Regulations just hours after current DBPR Secretary Kenneth Lawson accepted a new position to lead Visit Florida.

Miller has been the chief of staff for the DBPR since 2014 and has worked for the agency for 16 years. 

"Matilde has spent many years at DBPR serving in numerous leadership positions and understands how important it is to help businesses open and create jobs in our state," Scott said in a statement to the media.

Lawson agreed early on Tuesday to become CEO of Visit Florida, where he will replace Will Seccombe who was ousted by the board of directors at Visit Florida.